-POOKIE-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DPOOKIE%2D -POOKIE-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 5 weeks with my new little girl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656267 Well, seep deprivation, I can see why it's used as a torture technique. But cub is learning what day and night are now, and we are making progress. <BR> <BR> She is very insecure and has trouble settling when not on me, which is very restrictive. My midwife said big babies often are, as they are used to being super squashed up and they crave the security. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l524043339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh and the dress she is wearing? It's mine from ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:01:51 EST Well, she turned up on the 16th. Baby all safe and well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643689 ... despite rather dramatic labour and birth, 37 hours after my waters broke, my super chunk of 9lbs 2oz arrived safe and well. <BR> <BR> One night in hospital due to having to be observed after the difficult delivery. <BR> <BR> So she is 3 weeks old today, suffering from colic badly poor thing, so we are suffering too. She is growing VERY well, she had a cold at 4 days old, as we caught it in the hospital, which was scary for us, but she is thankfully all ok. <BR> <BR> She is amazing an... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:14:33 EST What am I up too? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581933 Well, still not got new boiler or heating in most of the house. <BR> <BR> I think its the first time I have ever been glad for a wet and mild Christmas, we would not have coped had it been like a couple years ago, being -13! <BR> <BR> We have done lots of prep work on the house, so technically it looks worse! Stripped lots of wallpapers, ripped out tiles, cracked plaster, put up sheets of plaster board (so you couldn't see though the lathes from the toilet room to the bathroom, always handy... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:31:30 EST Moved house, SO much to do before Cub arrives! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568781 OK, so I'm now 32 weeks pregnant! <BR> <BR> We have announced we are having a girl!! <BR> <BR> She is pretty active, though midwife currently suspects she is head up, so I have to have a scan after christmas to see if she flips! <BR> <BR> House is CHAOS. <BR> <BR> We couldn't get anybody to fit boiler/radiators before Christmas, so we are *insert expletive* cold... and we cannot unpack anything upstairs as all the floors have to come up. Living out of boxes, wearing layers of clothes tha... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:17:04 EST Pookie updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468747 So, nearly 16 weeks pregnant now, we have an early private scan next week, which includes and anatomy tour, a 4D sneak peek (though as the lovely lady on phone said, they do look a bit "scrawny" at this point! And also going to find out the gender as well. We can't wait another month for the NHS scan!! <BR> <BR> We are not sharing the gender though, nor names that we choose, as we haven't really talked names yet, a little bit, but not properly decided as we wanted to wait until we knew what ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:59:32 EST And now for some VERY important news... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445451 Pre-empting everybody who would ask "so you are married, when are you going to have children?" we just get to answer February! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768702993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Had first scan today, 12 weeks, 4 days, everything looks right, right number of things present and correct. <BR> <BR> So yes, a cub is on the way! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:46:07 EST And we are married!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435829 Oh how much I hate the teeny pictures SP allows you to show on here! <BR> <BR> We don't have professional photos back yet, these are a couple from what our family took of us. <BR> <BR> We had an AMAZING day, the couple little things that went wrong where dealt with and I'm so glad the hard work we put in really showed, so many people said how personal and really "us" it was, which was wonderful to hear. Even our registrar had fun and said it was the best wedding he had been too in ages! He ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 01:37:52 EST Mental Fog.... wedding wedding wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385487 T minus 4 weeks 3 days. <BR> <BR> Yup, 13th July is sneaking up really soon. <BR> <BR> Lots of things are sorted, but its been a very stressful time for me and my fiancé. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to all my friends on here, I'm struggling to find enough time to deal with my own stuff, relax a bit and internet socialising has taken a bit of a backseat, I'm very sorry and I do care, I just need my free time to relax in, or hide away in Skyrim! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:36:20 EST Blood tests next week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311640 Finally saw a Doctor over the amount of illnesses I have been suffering. <BR> <BR> Since October I have been ill nearly every couple of weeks, barely recovering before the next one arrives. <BR> <BR> So, rather irritatingly I have to go to the Hospital to get blood tests as they don't do them at the surgery (unless you are 60+) and be there at 8am, fasting test, with NO appointment, just turn up and wait. <BR> <BR> Dr predicts a 2 hour + wait! <BR> <BR> So instead of what I thought, pop t... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 16:04:27 EST Registry office, archaic paperwork sorted... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295253 We had registry office appointment on Tuesday and YAY we "passed" the questioning and paid our fees, and we will have registration papers in about two weeks time. Called the registry office in Blackpool where we are getting married, paid the booking fee and set a time! <BR> <BR> Officially have a wedding date and time now! <BR> <BR> Just waiting on getting the book of words we can choose from and then have to pay the other almighty chunk of fees... it really grates... the registry office ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:42:42 EST Got my "I've lost 150lbs" badge back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283470 Really happy to have RE-earned this. <BR> <BR> I haven't been back here for such a long time, every time I got close I would do this crazy self-sabotage thing. <BR> <BR> What is it with us for seeing an approaching milestone and just our brain flips and BAM pizza-cookies-FOOOOD! <BR> <BR> I was close to messing up, but thankfully my new honesty policy (and asking for help policy) worked and I avoided the weekend monster. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103057... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:41:29 EST Non-sappy Non-sickly quotes about love or partnership or marriage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280131 Our table decorations are going to be piles of old books, wrapped with ribbon and a flower, with an old fashioned luggage tag with a quote on it. <BR> <BR> I have quotes from a Hunter-Killer assassin droid from a Star Wars game, a quote from Skyrim, one from Gormenghast .... <BR> <BR> ...not sickly cutesy ones, gushing nonsense ones... <BR> <BR> That's not us. <BR> <BR> If anybody has anything neat to share (I'm still searching for an acceptable quote from the Songs of Fire and Ice books... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 13:07:45 EST Cat Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279214 Cats. <BR> <BR> I have three of them. <BR> <BR> One of them (Ebony, she is a tart) decided that OMG yoga is FUN and joined in the full half hour session, which was amusing, and helped me with the hugely needed relaxation of having such a rubbish day at work it made me wonder why I even bother sometimes. <BR> <BR> She spent the whole time either rolling around with me, headbutting me, snuzzling my hair, jumping for my hands when I raised them. <BR> <BR> The other two carefully observed... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:46:09 EST Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277702 <link>www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/03/07/<BR>yesterday-tomorrow-today/ </link> <BR> <BR> I read this today. <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness is it something I wish I could begin to manage, I spend a horrible amount of time thinking over things that have past, things that I have done wrong, been wronged by people... urgh too too much. <BR> <BR> We should all remember to live in the now. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:48:13 EST Multi. Coloured. Tiger. Pyjamas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274368 Yes. You read it right. <BR> <BR> I got THESE today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424952912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wearing them right now. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Pyjamas after dinner, cosy evening! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:14:03 EST Spark recommending DAILY alcohol? Shame on you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272487 <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=how<BR>_to_eat_a_mediterranean_diet_for_heart<BR>_health </link> <BR> <BR> A daily glass of wine would put even men over their units for a week, let alone a woman. <BR> <BR> Daily alcohol is a bad habit, bad for your health, weight and mental health. <BR> <BR> I'm shocked this is being advocated on a website meant to promote healthy living. <BR> <BR> Occasional alcohol is fine, beneficial even, but daily is a huge no-no. <BR> We have current camp... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:19:20 EST Week 1 of NerdFitness Challenge check in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271140 Week 1 Summary <BR> <BR> Exercise: 7/7 <BR> Quiet Time: 7/7 <BR> Weekend: 6/6 <BR> <BR> I have decided to grade my weekends out of 6 since there are 6 meals in a weekend. Saying I "failed" if I ate one meal wrong hardly seems fair compared to saying I "failed" if I ate every meal wrong. If I do completely blow it, then fair deal, its a fail, but one wibbly meal is a better learning experience for me. It will help with the all-or-nothing attitude I have, and mean I can redeem something ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:16:24 EST I need YOU, yes YOU friend in the USA willing to go to Walmart for me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263399 I NEEEEED more Kool-Aid flavour sachets!! <BR> <BR> The itty bitty ones with no sugar or sweetener, just the flavour stuff. <BR> <BR> When I was in the US, they where 5 for $1 <BR> <BR> I use them to make jelly (jello) in better flavours! <BR> <BR> I know Walmart had lots of flavours, and I got more flavours in HEB and Randalls but I think those are local, or at least only Texas.... anyways... you may know where to get a million and one flavours from like I brought home with me! <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:44:38 EST New 6 week challenge! Via NerdFitness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262107 <link>www.nerdfitness.com/blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> OK, so here I am (mostly) ready for my second challenge. My first one went pretty well and I was mostly impressed with my commitment to it. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to comment or add ideas regarding my goals. <BR> <BR> So my new goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Find some calm: I am really struggling with a lot of stresses in my life at the moment, work, wedding planning, work again for good measure, my weight issues and following eating plans..... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:51:58 EST Eve of my 4 year SP anniversary and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257533 ... well I find myself pretty much in the same place as this time last year. <BR> <BR> Moaning about 40 lbs re-gained and really really struggling to do anything about it. <BR> <BR> Yes yes, I have still lost 145 lbs... but I have failed to maintain that. Failed. <BR> <BR> I know what to do, I know the rules to keep, the food to eat and the exercise to do. <BR> <BR> I just lost my commitment to it. <BR> <BR> And still, after wasting a *insert expletive* year I'm not much better off. I'm ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:09:19 EST Blah blah, not happy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247922 Having a crappy couple weeks <BR> <BR> We drove (well I drove) back Saturday from my fiancé's Grandad's funeral and I REALLY hurt from driving so much. <BR> <BR> Had to take my engagement ring back to H Samuels... seriously UK people NEVER go there! My first ring didn't last a month before the stone fell out, now took it back as TWO stones are loose and apparently according to them its my fault and they wont repair it, and engagement ring is meant to last a lifetime, this didn't even last... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:01:29 EST Heartbroken, a beloved Grandparent passed away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236586 Thursday evening we are told my fiancé's Granddad is in hospital unwell, and early Friday morning we get that call, you know from the time that its nothing good and he passed away in the night. <BR> <BR> We planned a less than a year engagement in the sincere hope my fiancé's Granddad would be there, we planned everything 350 miles away from where we live, so no elderly family have to travel. <BR> <BR> He wasn't my Granddad, but he meant so much to me, his overjoyed happiness at our engagem... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 05:26:58 EST Why didn't I do this before? For the sake of £3.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226842 ....I got a HUGE order of the really heavy stuff you hate dragging home from the supermarket delivered right to my hall. <BR> <BR> Placed the order online, I never even had to step foot in the store! <BR> <BR> Cat litter, tinned and dry cat food, diet soda, bottled water, toilet rolls, fabric conditioner? <BR> <BR> We live within walking distance of 3 major supermarkets and 4 smaller ones, so I hate wasting petrol (and running the car battery down) on silly short journeys to get this sort ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:57:21 EST Summary Week 3 of 6 Week NF Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225776 Track Food: 7/7 everything tracked. <em>248</em> <BR> Walk x3: 3/3 achieved <em>248</em> <BR> Swim x3 0/3 I was still too unwell. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Did a kobold slaying mini-challenge and did 160 push-ups throughout the course of one day. <BR> <BR> I hopped on the body composition scale today and I'm very glad of that. <BR> <BR> My weight is the same for the week. <BR> <BR> But I have lost 1% body fat and gained 1% muscle. <BR> <BR> Small numbers yes, but explains the s... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:29:25 EST Walk in Foots Cray Meadows (pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224039 Today we went for a walk in Foots Cray Meadows, was rather muddy with the snow melt, and alternatively still frozen and icy and slippery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838048701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went across the fields and went to the small church to look around the graveyard, some stones where so over grown and there where some curious metal grave...um markers, not stones! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216112090.jpg"> <BR> ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:28:10 EST Organic Delivery Box Week 78 + 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223074 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l802790334.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pear, apple and kiwi <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> <BR> Peppers, cabbage, butternut squash, purple sprouting broccoli, onions, celery and chicory <BR> <BR> The chicory became edible once curried! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238296025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grapes, blood oranges and pears <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> <BR> Tomatoes, mushrooms, salad leaves, fennel, beetroot, broccoli, cucumber Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:55:32 EST Two weekends on track in a row? Week 2 Summary NF Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217257 So I have managed two weekends in a row following my meal plan and sticking in calorie ranges. <BR> <BR> I worried I'm going to feel like I'm succeeding and thats when I end up blowing it... I have NO idea why I do this, but it happens often enough for me to realise I'm doing it. So what gives? Ideas? What can I do to keep up with myself? <BR> <BR> I got sick last Wednesday and I am still suffering, food was unappealing for a couple days, and I changed my plans, but I tracked everything, ev... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:30:55 EST Food Blog: Chicory Curry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215606 Chicory Curry. <BR> <BR> Forgot to add the blackstrap molasses to the prep picture, but it does include that in the recipe. Yes my spices are all in different jars, the amount I use means its a lot cheaper to buy from the relevant stores than buy the tiny jars in mainstream supermarkets! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1515723677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close up of finished nom! Complete with home made dahl (thats white urid dal, not rice) lamb kofta and home made wh... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:25:12 EST Couple of pictures from my walk at the weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210132 We went to Bostall Woods On Sunday which is near by to us, we just walked to the woods then walked round them. We where a little disappointed to see on the map "Turpin's Cave" but we where unable to find it. <BR> <BR> We walked part of the way along The Green Chain Walk, mapped routes across London, I think they can connect up to walk a long way through green spaces. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995774854.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:55:00 EST Summary Week 1 of 6 Week NF Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205133 Summary Week One <BR> <BR> 1: Swam 3x this week = Goal Achieved <BR> 2: Tracked everything I ate, including the Christmas cake I just cheated on = Goal Achieved <BR> 3: Walked 3x this week = Goal Achieved. <BR> <BR> 3/3 goals achieved for the week!! <BR> <BR> I think that's pretty excellent going! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:16:23 EST Organic Delivery Boxes Week 73, 74, 76 and 77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201878 There are number missing due to us being away, or the Christmas holiday... I have actually shared all but 1 of these boxes (forgot to photograph) with you! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1769216913.jpg"> <BR> banana, apple and orange <BR> eggs <BR> red kombucha, chard, aubergine, peppers, shallots, tomatoes and chicory. <BR> <BR> Chicory is horrible... just saying! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891329466.jpg"> <BR> apple, satsu... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:51:18 EST Feeling like I'm getting back to habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200770 OK, so I walked to the Dentist, no tooth issues, but some early stage gum disease needs dealt with, I was worried I had a cavity between my teeth, but its just a space caused by some receding gums, so hopefully I can keep this in check. <BR> <BR> Walked onto the supermarket as then needed to get the medical mouth wash, and also needed the cheap cottage cheese this one sells, was going to walk back the back way through the grave yard and back footpaths, but it was getting dark and while its n... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:29:46 EST OK, how's the one eyed race horse doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198480 I think perhaps it found it's glasses! <BR> <BR> Today at work? Shepherds Pie and rice pudding... both I love, particularly since I hate cooking lamb for myself, I don't like the smell, so eat it all the time when out, but I turned down BOTH. It wasn't even a fight, it was just a fact I need to not eat at work. Full Stop. <BR> <BR> 1 mile walk for the sake of just going for a walk. Sure it maybe doesn't seem a big deal, but since I moved here, I haven't kept up my daily walks, walked to get... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:50:59 EST 6 Week Challenge Via NerdFitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196822 ooo I just found a new blog and forum I love. If anybody else uses it, I'm Pookie on there as well. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nerdfitness.com/blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> Spent a while yesterday looking it over and joined, then today I joined the 6 week "Level Up" Challenge! Being a little Level 1 noob Khajiit isn't me, so I'm combining my love of gaming with, well my need to get control and add some fun! <BR> <BR> My goals to get my level up this coming 6 weeks are: <BR> <BR> 1: Start back swim... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:22:40 EST Why there will be no icing! But the cake isn't a lie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164188 So my wedding cake stand arrived, combined with going to a wedding couple weeks ago, I came to a decision. <BR> <BR> I hate fondant, even "good" fondant (not sure those words belong together). <BR> <BR> I hate store made marzipan, and while home made tastes good (well, it actually IS almonds not flavouring) it doesn't last and actually you know what? I don't really like royal icing either. Its sugary nothing. <BR> <BR> So even though I found a wedding cake maker who would ice my home-made ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:59:59 EST oo scary wedding decisions made... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163459 *twitches* <BR> <BR> OK, in the space of about 2 minutes I sent the emails committing to around £3000 worth of hall hiring and catering like we actually want (no tomato soup or roast chicken dinners!!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/pag<BR>e/99/The-Baronial-Hall.htm </link> <BR> <BR> This is the hall, high victoriana fakery working at its hardest! The huge stone fireplace? plaster! Its so very theatrical and amazing. <BR> <BR> But yes, thats a lot just booked in a co... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:49:20 EST 12 Plans of Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154859 Not 12 days, but 12 plans for December. <BR> <BR> 1. Stop being so damn horrible to myself, the guilt is eating me up and its horribly unfair. <BR> <BR> 2. ENJOY CHRISTMAS, we see our families so little, I'm not going to not eat my Mum's home cooking, nor refuse a drink at my fiancé's. <BR> <BR> 3. Weekdays are workdays! In every sense of the word, follow my planned menu. <BR> <BR> 4. Work food is cheat food... seriously, quit eating comforting winter foods at work. <BR> <BR> 5. Um, exer... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:34:06 EST Organic Delivery Box Week 71 + bonus pic of OUR pumpkin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151424 We canceled week 70 as we where away! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2047253380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apples, grapefruit and oranges <BR> <BR> eggs <BR> <BR> dinosaur kale, chard, green batavia, beefsteak tomatoes, butternut squash, peppers, onions. <BR> <BR> This is our only pumpkin we managed to grow, the green house got too over run and we got VERY little from our garden at all, the weather, the slugs and snails... destroyed so much. So we are proud of this lu... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:07:28 EST Organic Delivery Box Week 69 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142412 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2070318851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apples, oranges and pomegranates <BR> eggs <BR> sweet potato, mushrooms, tomatoes, butternut, peppers, brussel sprouts, radicchio Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:05:09 EST Sooo, wedding music... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141418 We spent a WHOLE EVENING deciding that... <BR> <BR> ... oh god you can't get away with those lyrics <BR> ... they are so miserable <BR> ... thats about unrequited love <BR> ... they hate everything <BR> ... seriously you can't get away with those lyrics <BR> ... that album is a concept album on serial killers <BR> ... surely thats about somebody who's dead <BR> ... no REALLY you can't get away with those lyrics! <BR> <BR> My fiancé's sister is going to sing for us, and play medieval instrum... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:54:45 EST Interesting observation about WHEN you take a vitamin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140180 So I forgot to take my vitamin in the morning. <BR> <BR> (I only take it every other day to avoid unneeded build-ups and I try to get good food nutrition instead). <BR> <BR> So I took it about an hour or so before bed. <BR> <BR> And proceeded to have a horrible nights sleep, even after having a busy day and still feeling under the weather and needing sleep. <BR> <BR> My vitamin contains Vitamin D... the "sunshine" vitamin, so my body had a lovely big dose of D, and it was thinking I was ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:25:10 EST Food Blog: My Herbs and Spices cupboard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900471738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883347851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, so I was asked what I use for cooking. <BR> <BR> soooo.... here it is! <BR> <BR> First picture is the whole cupboard, top shelf has a few canned things for cooking, like the jack fruit or tofu, some liquid marinades, some Turkish stuffed things and gravy mixes. <BR> <BR> Second picture is close up of the lower two shelves of thi... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 14:53:09 EST Organic Delivery Box Week 67 and 68 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136199 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661593029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> banana, apples, kiwi <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> <BR> red kombucha squash, rocket, beans, avocado, cucumber, broccoli, mushrooms <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192322523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> banana, oranges, my favourite russet apples <BR> <BR> eggs <BR> <BR> festival squash, onions, leeks, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:10:12 EST Website link, super interesting, healthiest foods + a rant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132350 <link>www.whfoods.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Each page of the list of about 120+ foods is hugely in depth about the benefits of each food, what it contains, recipe suggestions, the nutritional information. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to reading through some of the foods I love already! <BR> <BR> And now a rant! <em>495</em> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> After a weekend looking over supposedly "health" food recipe blogs and being very irritated by pages of ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:50:30 EST Food Blog: Seaweed Adzuki Bean Stew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83860448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2291577 </link> <BR> <BR> Since my friend feed has decided not so show when I make recipes (despite yes the box is ticked to do this) I thought I would show today's lunch. <BR> <BR> Obscenely healthy and good for you. <BR> <BR> 19g of fibre! <BR> 24g of protein! <BR> 127% RDA of A <BR> 30% RDA of B6 <BR> 22% RDA Folate <BR> 33% RDA Iron! <BR> 23% RDA ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:24:31 EST Breakdown, talking, tears and rules to keep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127546 Well, so things going on in my life at the moment led me to a serious talk with my fiancé, some tears, plenty of truths, new plans and some rules. <BR> <BR> I reached my goal weight of 140 under HUGE pressure to be at a certain BMI to get surgery free on the NHS. This pressure led to a lot of disordered eating, including purging and un-natural behaviour and, frankly me being obnoxious about eating, causing problems for myself in order to avoid eating even things like a few bits of corn in a ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 16:42:19 EST Pictures from an Autumn walk in the woods. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123177 We went to Lesnes Abbey Woods yesterday, there is the remains of an Abbey there which was never repaired after it was sacked. There is a layout of virtually the whole thing, but not all that many higher walls left. <BR> <BR> Mostly we went to walk the woods, as we had been round the Abbey before in the Summer and thought the woods would be lovely in the Autumn. <BR> <BR> So, sharing some pictures, such a shame they get re-sized so small on here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 03:44:18 EST Cat Litter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118973 I hate lugging those bags of cat litter home. They are so flipping heavy. <BR> <BR> I carried two up the stairs, one in each hand the other day. <BR> <BR> Curious as I dragged them finally to the top... what do they weigh? <BR> <BR> 13.5lbs each apparently. <BR> <BR> Thats nearly a stone, and ouch I need to re-lose couple of these bags? <BR> <BR> Horribly sobering. <em>39</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:59:35 EST My new music obsession.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117938 Aesthetic Perfection, if you listen, not suitable for little ears/eyes and certainly won't be to, I'd imagine, most of your tastes! <BR> <BR> But this guy has got me hooked right now and seriously, the last link is the dance style associated with this genre of music, trying dancing that hard and fast is better than any work out DVD and far more fun. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAA5XCdUe1Q </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqZyGdfLn7k </link> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:55:22 EST Went back to work today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116781 ... after a week off nursing my injury and feelings. <BR> <BR> Was so nice to get big squidgy hugs from the children and to be told they missed me. Three year olds tend to be far more honest about these things! <BR> <BR> Going back to work in an hour for the monthly staff meeting. Bet there will be cake! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:00:40 EST