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Sunday, May 05, 2013

This is the blog of someone who's having an UnSparkly weekend. I'm eating rice salad (containing three times as many vegetables as rice) Always the sign of food sins to expiate when you catch me eating rice salad.

I have just been reading another Sparker's blog and she's talking about a hot tub. Well, I've seen one on telly so I know what they look like, but as to trying one out . . . Maybe I'll book one somewhere for my next big birthday.

It's very clear though that I'm luckier than a lot of people. Some Sparkers live in small towns where there's no gym and nowhere to walk. I've got a gym membership and I'm only ten minutes' walk from the gym. The membership also allows me into a swimming pool, 25 minutes' walk away. And, something I used to take for granted: in England there are public footpaths all over the shop. We've also got designated national trails for walking or cycling or riding. Makes you wonder why everyone isn't out there all the time.

Then you look out of the window and it's raining again!

I do think though that it's relatively easy for us in the UK to walk from A to B. Of course if you live in a city like London as I do, it's also very very easy to get the bus. Everywhere, all the time.

I'm promising myself not to get the bus anywhere that I can walk to in half an hour or less.

It all counts. And I'm feeling very very bad about this weekend.

Of course if I stopped eating cake that would count too.

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CHERYLHURT 5/6/2013 8:21AM

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IMAGINE46 5/6/2013 8:16AM

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LEANMEAN2 5/6/2013 8:11AM

    Keep on keeping on.

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GARDENCHRIS 5/6/2013 7:24AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/6/2013 7:20AM

    "It all counts."

Yep. So that 30-minultes-or-less-no-bus decision is a great one.

Oh, and I'll have to investigate the sin-expiating skills of your rice salad...Sounds like a doozy!!
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DIANNEMT 5/6/2013 7:07AM

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JANEMARIE77 5/6/2013 6:50AM

    great goal the bus is

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GLORYB2014 5/6/2013 6:31AM

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PENOWOK 5/6/2013 6:17AM

    Smart of you to plan to walk every time you can!!

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BESSHAILE 5/6/2013 6:10AM

    ahh yes. there are always little sins lurking around waiting to trip us up. eat your rice salad and move forward.

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TRYINGHARD54 5/6/2013 5:54AM

    good blog.. I live in the country.. if I want to go anywhere nice its probably a hour drive at least. have a great day.

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NCSUE0514 5/6/2013 5:44AM

    Be well, dear. We're all wishing you the very best!

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SHANNONY84 5/6/2013 5:36AM

    Your doing great! Hang in there and keep on keeping!

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SANDYCRANE 5/6/2013 5:22AM

    I live in one of those small towns, really it is just a township, with just land, houses and roads. No public paths at all. But if you like solitude it is great. I bike or walk on all the roads or just exercise with DVD's. But you just have to make the best out of where you live. You have a great day, the sun will shine soon.

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MONGO2TEN 5/6/2013 4:56AM

    I live on a busy street with no shoulder to walk on....I sometimes ride my bike into town and run, if the traffic is bad or the weather is bad, I take my car and run in town or use the treadmill.

Chin up, good weather will come!

~Nancy

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CORNERKICK 5/6/2013 2:56AM

  Hang in there!

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PHOENIX1949 5/6/2013 1:41AM

    There was an emporium with warm mud baths near downtown London when we visited (1980's) that we discovered too late to fit into our activities. A mud bath followed by a massage sounds like heaven to me. Hot tubs and I don't get along - allergy to chlorine and the heat shoots my blood pressure up very high, very rapidly. Enjoy whatever you decide on!

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MICKEYH 5/6/2013 12:49AM

    If you are thinking about Hot Tub trip for your Birthday treat, how about natural hot spring that where you can soak your body into and get some benefit of it with hot sake? emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 5/6/2013 12:21AM

    Large portions of urban North America are designed for cars not people. This is particularly true of new developments. (no sidewalks) Fortunately I live in a city that was booming in the late 1800s so the sidewalks are plentiful. There aren't nearly enough bike paths though.I envy you your British footpaths and beautiful scenery. I think the idea to walk everywhere within a half hours distance is a brilliant one. I'm not nearly organized enough to succeed with a plan like that.

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TREYONE 5/5/2013 11:15PM

  I live in a small town now, and thankfully, we have lots of trails to walk/hike/bike on. However, it still isn't the same as when I lived in Southern California and was 2 blocks from the beach. I miss my evening walks by the water!!!

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STAREYES723 5/5/2013 10:07PM

    I am jealous. I live in a small town with nothing close by. I just have to walk around the block a few times pushing the stroller

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PJBONARRIGO 5/5/2013 10:05PM

    I'm sending you a big hug, maybe even two or three. You are being a bit hard on yourself! It is harder than it appears to make a quiche; especially if your recipe does not start with pre-made piecrust! Rice salad with lots of veg does not sound too dangerous either; you are not doing too badly on the binge-et front. You have been through a lot of things lately and you are admirably keeping on. You have inspired me to walk whenever it is possible. You also made me laugh about the rice salad, I sometimes indulge in salad sandwiches. If that and eating a piece of cake is our worst sin, we are ok. Here's hoping for a better week ahead, we can do this! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 5/5/2013 9:57PM

    emoticon We all have those weekends...enjoy...you can walk tomorrow...maybe. emoticon

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JESSIG5 5/5/2013 9:35PM

    I do envy you the public footpaths although there are some parks in my area. Mostly I walk on a rail trail which is a walking path where there used to be a railroad. I live near the trailhead and it goes for 35 miles. It's not very picturesque though because it just goes through flat land mostly forested with pine trees. Nothing scenic.



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EABL81 5/5/2013 9:08PM

    I had quite an unSparkley dinner on Friday night. One of those now and again isn't the end of the world. But to stop eating cake! Now that would be a the end!

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LIVEDAILY 5/5/2013 8:25PM

    I think the British are raised to accept rain as part of life. You still go on about your business as if it weren't raining. Americans tend to look out the window, see it's raining and totally change their plans for the day. When it's a rainy day, I like to eat pasta. It's a family thing. We were all brought up to expect spaghetti on rainy days. Rain = spaghetti. My nieces now expect the same thing, and I imagine it will continue on down the line. That's not necessaritly a bad thing. Make a pot of soup...much better than rice salad.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/5/2013 7:43PM

    The cake and the rice salad are probably manifestations of mourning for Percy. I hope that you feel better soon.

And yes, there are delightful ways to walk in your area. The US is set up so that it's almost a requirement that you have a car unless you live in a very very big city. Our trains are moribund and many bus services simply do not serve mid-sized and smaller towns.

Your walking will help to erase the insults of the rice and the cake. Forgive yourself for you are in mourning.

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ANYVAR54 5/5/2013 7:36PM

    Just don't let your funk go on to tomorrow. I am having a hard day also, with lots of pain today, and wish that I felt like going for a walk.
Glad for your goal to walk where you can. Enjoy.
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KATYDID412 5/5/2013 6:53PM

    I love the flowers in your background picture. They're so springlike and cheery! As for feeling bad about overindulging, I hear you. I made a batch of coconut macaroons this afternoon and even though they're mostly egg whites and coconut, I've eaten a few too many already. emoticon

I think your resolution to walk, walk, walk is a good one. It's such a good way to clear one's head too. I'm in full support.

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NOTSPEEDY 5/5/2013 6:45PM

    Why does cake have to taste so good smile. I'm surprised you take as many hikes as you do with all the rain you get. Hope tomorrow is a better day.

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MILLEDGE2 5/5/2013 6:39PM

    Don't beat yourself up! The rain is making you cranky, but don't let it win! emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 5/5/2013 6:22PM

    Everybody goes through tough times. Don't beat yourself over it. Your good days are far more numerous than the bad! emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 5/5/2013 6:21PM

    Well, it is not raining in Phoenix, AZ. However, unless you're an early riser like me, it is already too hot to enjoy the outdoors. This morning, I made it to my short hike destination at 7:15. Hiked just an hour, then went to the Desert Botanical Garden to walk around for another 20-30 minutes. Bought a lovely prickly pear iced tea and sat in the shade finishing my novel. (Prickly pear is the fruit of a cactus.)

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IDICEM 5/5/2013 6:07PM

  It's been a difficult week; it's instinct to resort to comfort food. And the odd "off" weekend helps us recharge our determination. You've made the decision to walk when practicable. That's wonderful. Take care of yourself and stay awesome!
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NEEDBU66 5/5/2013 5:46PM

    Just have walk ways past houses around here. Starting to recognize the dogs and cats on my route. There is a tiny little park I take Lyla to, to swing, but thats about it.

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IAMWINNING 5/5/2013 5:43PM

    I'm sorry you're having an unSparkly day. As others said, we all get them, and you, too, will get past it. Someone else pointed out that you're grieving, and yes, that can put you in a right funk. My Callie has been gone 5 years now, and I still think about him from time to time. Pets, but cats particularly, have a way of worming themselves into your very fibers and you're not aware of it until they're gone. I hope you can find some comfort from the FACT that you were a GOOD Mom for helping him on his journey. He would have suffered so otherwise. Three cheers for trying to make the quiche even though everything wasn't perfect. And KUDOS for eating it in spite of how it turned out. : )
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NILLAPEPSI 5/5/2013 5:41PM

    Hope the sun comes out for you soon. Rain, rain go away.

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CBRINKLEY401 5/5/2013 5:18PM

    The paths here too have been beckoning me, now that the weather has warmed up. EXCEPT for the fact that we too have had quite a bit of rain. No chance of persuading dear doggie to go for a walk in that weather, and you can't enjoy the scenery as well as you could if it was sunny.
Hope your weather clears up and ours now holds so we both can get our walks in!
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STONECOT 5/5/2013 5:14PM

    We are indeed very lucky. emoticon Feel better soon.

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LYNCHD05 5/5/2013 5:12PM

    Missed going for a walk with you this weekend.......missed the pics too

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DR1939 5/5/2013 4:55PM

    In Minnesota we have many designated trails. Our area has just been awarded $1 million to construct one that of about 15 miles. Eventually it will connect with other trails. These are for walking and biking. We also have many local, state, and national parks with wonderful walking/hiking trails. We live within 20 miles of two large state parks, 2 county parks, and numerous local parks and within 30 miles of a national monument with a walking path. The local parks are connected by a biking/hiking trail that circles the town. However, we do not have nor have we ever had public footpaths. When we were in Wales we walked the edges of newly planted fields. I took pictures for my son-in-law just so he would believe me that that is what we did! You are incredibly fortunate to have these paths and are wise to use them.

Very smart to decide to walk anywhere you can reach in 1/2 hour.

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JEANNETTE59 5/5/2013 4:11PM

  Missing Percy and decorating your would-be lovely quiche with ketchup, does make for a no good rotten day. When you add the rain it is no wonder cake calls to you. I'm sending emoticon .

The emoticon side is you're still counting your blessings, so the bad blues won't keep you down. You'll always Percy with love and you'll laugh about the day you nuked the quiche emoticon

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HEYMOE012 5/5/2013 4:09PM

  You have had an emotional time of it lately...go easy on the guilt tripping. I know you will get centered again. We are all cheering you on.

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IAMTOLOSE 5/5/2013 4:05PM

    First of all, a big hug. Now, you are in a funk. That's OK. We all have them from time to time. Just don't allow yourself to wallow in the funk and become depressed. It's easy to do, I've done it. You are doing a great job of becoming the you you want to be. Not every day is filled with sunshine. Celebrate the fact that there are more veggies than rice in your salad. It's a step forward! emoticon

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KIPPER15 5/5/2013 3:57PM

    Sorry you are in a funk. Hope the week brings you better things. I love to "take" walks with you. The footpaths are so lovely. I have fairly nice areas to walk in, but no transport unless I drive to them. Sometimes I do, but more often I walk close to home. Boring, but still exercise.! emoticon

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