It's been a very strange day today. We went to a Craft Fair, and it was a good selling day, but the weather was a little disappointing.
We left in glorious sunshine. The drive is about an hour through beautiful tree-lined roads. We still have leaves on the trees, and they have been disappointingly yellowish-green. Suddenly, though, as the frost has arrived, they are adorned in their flashy shades of bronze, flame and copper. I had my camera firmly clutched in my hand during the whole journey - but there were no photo chances as it drizzled almost the whole way - and a photograph through rain-dropped car windows is not a good idea.
So we arrived, set up and sold. We had a steady stream of customers and it was a good day. I managed to slip away for a quick bite of lunch, but had to return quickly. I managed a quick look around a little later.
It's a beautiful spot - a wonderful venue - and look, a little touch of colour!
This is a view of the back of the building - if only our back view was so magnificent
Sadly that's the best I can do for pictures of the scenery today, but I'll try to do better tomorrow. I'm intending to walk to the nature reserve just to see what's going on - and I'm going - rain or shine!
I have to admit that I surprised that so many of you read yesterday's post and are considering joining in. Thank you for the encouragement, and of course I've promised to tell you about my habit - and now I'm obliged to do so. I hope you won't be disappointed...
Firstly, let me say this. The walk on Spark is INDIVIDUAL. What works for me won't work for you, and vice versa. I think that's wonderful because it just shows that we are just that - INDIVIDUAL!
Secondly, I want to tell you what I think is so very special about Spark. Everything on the site respects the CORE BELIEFS of the INDIVIDUAL. No-one tells us that we MUST do this - or that - we can choose to make our own way with the information that is given to us. Spark Guy is very specific that everything must resonate with our core beliefs, and we must respect those of others. That's special.
I think I've told you this before, so forgive me if I reiterate. Since arriving here and making the decision to take it seriously I have never eaten more than my total calories for the day. I have also never over-eaten any of the food groups. That doesn't mean that my diet has been perfect, however, I still have a long way to go. I don't need suggestions as to what to eat, As I say above we are all individual and I have health conditions to consider that I have not yet shared with you all.
Now that doesn't look very threatening, does it? In fact, it doesn't look very inspiring either. It is, however, the subject of the habit that I wish to break.
I've eaten cereal for breakfast since I was a child. It's a sort of 'comforting' start to the day, and I really enjoy it. Over the years I've eaten cornflakes, Special K, Bran Flakes and several others including Shredded Wheat. Some have stayed as a staple for longer than others, mainly due to the fact that many are just too sweet. I don't like flavours either, so anything with cinnamon or another spice has never even been opened - the very thought is sickening. For the past few years I've been making my own mix of dried fruit and cereals into a sort of muesli. It's very heavy on the oats because they have such a neutral flavour, but it also includes a mix of seeds. I love it. In fact, if I am 'down' on my calories at the end of the day I will serve another bowlful.
I've continued to eat cereal because it is the only time of day when I consume milk. I haven't taken milk in tea or coffee for over 40 years, and I don't intend to start now. I eat a little cheese, but have cut back my consumption of that to a maximum of 30g on no more than 3 or 4 days a week. Milk and cheese, with broccoli, are my main sources of calcium.
The time has come to break this cereal habit. I have tried to do without it for the last two days - and I've succeeded, so now it gets serious as it has become too much of a quick fix staple.
So what now?
The void must be filled.
Studying my nutrition feedback I know that I need more protein. Yes, I know it's obvious to start the day with a good dose of protein, but you mustn't forget that this is a learning process for all of us. You may already have discovered that, but I'm sure you need to tweak your other aspects of your eating from time to time and for various reasons.
I know that some of you don't like quotes, but here's one for you for today.
“Everything you are used to, once done long enough, starts to seem natural, even though it might not be.” ― Julien Smith
Have any of you decided to join me? Have you any habits that need breaking? Maybe it isn't a 'food' habit, maybe it's just looking at the day differently, let me know if you do. There's a new message board where we can encourage each other on the way
Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. That's not Upwards in girth - but always Onwards and Upwards in our search for healthy food an fitness. Have a great day.