CMFARRELL36's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CMFARRELL36 CMFARRELL36'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/ Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173905 Have you tried the 5% Challenges yet? <BR> Weight, Fitness and Lifestyle are all involved. <BR> Lose 5% of your starting weight over 8 weeks <em>193</em> <BR> Get in some serious exercise, and have fun doing it <em>311</em> <BR> Learn and practise some good ways of life <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <BR> And do it all with support and accountability <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> It's not necessarily easy. Well, it is called a Challenge! <BR> We must be ... Tue, 31 May 2016 17:19:14 EST Dave Clark 5 - second thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153577 DC5 was my fav group. <BR> <BR> My Dad always claimed that I said Dave Clark was brill because he had some GCSEs or whatever applied then. <BR> <BR> I just had never realised til the programme last night what a huge part DC5 apparently played. <BR> <BR> The Drummer = Dave Clarke himself - was my favourite. <BR> And, even to this day, I love listening to drumming too! <BR> I preferred DC5, even to the Beatles, for a while. <BR> And I was thinking of the Proclaimers as I listened and though... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:19:13 EST Dave Clark 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153005 I've just been watching TV for a couple of hours now, all about the Dave Clark 5. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be a really easy-listening. <BR> I have learned so much from watching this evening. <BR> No more is it just a "difference of opinion" between my Dad and me in my early teens. The DC5 had such a much more place in the music world. <BR> <BR> The rest of the programme is way out of my reality. <BR> I don't actually recognise DC5 (or anything else) in these last minutes of the TV pr... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:42:47 EST The Wedding China - a Sequel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129505 Spent some time this afternoon getting younger son's share of the "family china" packed and ready to go. <BR> Which has helped with today's Exercise numbers. Really. The dinner set etc is old-fashioned Denby-ware, and weighs a ton. I can carry only 3 or 4 of the dinner plates at a time! <BR> <BR> We were very fortunate in our wedding presents, so we ended up with 1/2 dozen matching plates (dinner, starters and side), saucers, cups, bowls (soup and dessert/cereal), plus teapot, coffee pot, su... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:23:50 EST Spring 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119130 It's been a lovely spring day here - warm sunshine, blue skies, daffodils, crocuses, bird song. Oh - and hubby actually working in the garden! 3rd day in a row! <BR> I've been working too - but indoors :( <BR> <BR> This decluttering thing - it's helping me to get ready for the rest of my life. <BR> So is SP! <BR> The 2016 Spring 5% Challenge starts soon - if you're not signed up already, why not just go and do it now? <BR> It's a 3-pronged Challenge, if you don't know it: Exercise, Lifestyle... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:20:20 EST The Wedding China and other stuff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095903 My ongoing journey of decluttering (thank you, FlyLady). <BR> <BR> We got a load done in the couple of weeks before Christmas. <BR> I was able to accept hubby's offer of help, then, because there was some heavy boxes to be moved around. I even got him to the place where he'd just get on and not get too side-tracked (again, thank you, FlyLady). <BR> <BR> Over the past few days, I got started again, still mainly in the dining room. <BR> My beautifully semi-cleared sitting room is now a bit cl... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:43:29 EST The Wedding China and other stuff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095894 My ongoing journey of decluttering (thank you, FlyLady). <BR> <BR> We got a load done in the couple of weeks before Christmas. <BR> I was able to accept hubby's offer of help, then, because there was some heavy boxes to be moved around. I even got him to the place where he'd just get on and not get too side-tracked (again, thank you, FlyLady). <BR> <BR> Over the past few days, I got started again, still mainly in the dining room. <BR> My beautifully semi-cleared sitting room is now a bit cl... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:36:38 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058221 Well, I don't often have a particularly busy time over Christmas and New Year, but this time was a wee bitty different. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I started, seriously, doing something about the house and our accommodation a couple of weeks or so before Christmas. <BR> Major work in the dining room and what was our sons' room - to turn the former into something approaching a usable room, and making the latter into a proper spare/guest room. <BR> This involved loads of decluttering, trips to the cou... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:52:42 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058220 Well, I don't often have a particularly busy time over Christmas and New Year, but this time was a wee bitty different. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I started, serious;y, doing something about the house and our accommodation a couple of weeks or so before Christmas. <BR> Major work in the dining room and what was our sons' room - to turn the former into something approaching a usable room, and making the latter into a proper spare/guest room. <BR> This involved loads of decluttering, trips to the cou... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:52:18 EST A Better Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029971 This evening, I have a smile on my face! Yes, even though I'm on my own for an extra couple of days. <BR> <BR> Today - <BR> - i made a new friend who is a Christian believer. <BR> - I got rid of 2 loads of stuff through Freeble. <BR> - I got extra cleaning done. <BR> - I got enough properly timed activity to count as a 1-mile walk. <BR> And all that as well as a nauseous headache, and a couple of hours in a darkened bedroom this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Yes, I am <em>41</em> <em>30</em> ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:08:01 EST Food Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027309 I've been setting a mini daily challenge for some friends, over the past couple of weeks - things that should take no more than 5 minutes from everyone's busy day. <BR> <BR> The other day, my challenge was to read nutrition labels. <BR> This could be from: new foods; in the shop, to compare items before buying; or packets already in the cupboard or fridge at home; even re-reading labels from weil-kennt food items. <BR> <BR> I stood in the Tesco, the other day, lifting a sell-by tub of hummu... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:51:29 EST RANT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019514 I am so fed up with the SP site that i am considering leaving - more than hugely fed up. <BR> <BR> I am so fed up with the SP site - <BR> <BR> - it has taken me more than 150 minutes to try to post my Exercise minures and Living <BR> The Good Life points for Thursday, on my 5% Challenge page. <BR> - it has taken me more than 2 hours to get to where I could post something - and then the page disappeared (again, and again, and . . . ) <BR> <BR> The only thing that keeps me going is - how ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:30:11 EST The Seasonal 5% Weight Loss Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988103 I know that a number of my Spark friends take part in the 5% Challenges. <BR> I hope you are already aware that the join-up for the Fall Challenge is open? <BR> <BR> For those who haven't been part of the experience before - Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? <BR> <BR> Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! <BR> Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & hea... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:38:09 EST Decluttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919840 I am a follower of FlyLady - but a very fluttering follower. <BR> <BR> For now, after several years of off-and-on, I'm (sort of) on a roll. <BR> I have long thought that clearing in 1 room actually requires space elsewhere - just where to start? <BR> And that was too difficult a question, so I didn't (start). <BR> <BR> Now - I've taken a hold of the problem, and I'm working 3 rooms together. <BR> Dining room - the recipient of every stash'n'dash. <BR> Sitting room - where I try to clear t... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:32:23 EST Friday, 19 December 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835545 I just noticed that there are new levels for Individual Spark Points totals. <BR> <BR> So I would like to thank SP for doing this. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I hadn't realised how much I looked forward to getting to the next level till after I'd been on Level 20 for a wee while. <BR> So, renewed motivation to try to increase my daily "pointage" just so I get nearer to changing up to the next level <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:21:57 EST Monday, 17 November 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818502 I'm tired and weary. <BR> Sore. Not my cheery <BR> Self. <BR> <BR> For some days <BR> Coughs and sneezes <BR> Then tummy "disease" <BR> Was the way. <BR> <BR> Upset tum, no food. <BR> No hunger. Not good <BR> For my head. <BR> <BR> Bad tum, no pills <BR> Which make tum worse. <BR> Continue headache, continue curse. <BR> <BR> New day, new prob. <BR> Migraine joins in the job. <BR> <BR> Now no hubby - again he's gone <BR> To help his Mum. Dutiful son. <BR> Poor man - no relief <BR> Mum... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:18:53 EST Friday, 7 November 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812764 I am hurting, today. <BR> In all sorts of places and ways. <BR> In just about every way you can think of - except mental and spiritual. <BR> <BR> I am mainly over my flu and stuff - till the next time! <BR> So I am, at last, beginning to feel better and more able, from day to day. <BR> <BR> I have been back to decluttering. <BR> I have been back to doing stuff out and about with friends. <BR> I have been back to getting out, even when hubby is away helping his Mum. <BR> <BR> The bit I'd fo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:39:45 EST A Bit About Scotland - The Missing Entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774183 A Bit About Scotland - a reconstruction of Thursday's Blog - Friday, 5 August. <BR> <BR> Oh wow - that was so depressing, yesterday. <BR> I was, literally, just finished putting the last full stop in place - and seconds later my screen went blank. <BR> <BR> My theme was - Scotland's Famous Sons and Daughters. <BR> And this is sort of what I wrote - with a couple of additions of stuff where I couldn't remember names! <BR> <BR> For such a small country, our Sons and Daughters have influence ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:47:21 EST A Bit About Scotland - Part 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773547 I am about to cry - I just lost today's whole blog - and I didn't touch anything. <BR> <BR> Bear with me please. <BR> I'll try to remember, and re-type. <BR> But first I need to go get a cuppa, and calm down - and actually going to bed and getting some sleep would help,too. <BR> <BR> My focus today was Scotland's Famous Sons and Daughters - because we've exported these for years, for centuries, even. <BR> But we also kept some at home, here. <BR> <BR> I'll get this composed anew and posted... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:38:08 EST A Bit About Scotland - Part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772852 A Bit About Scotland (4) - Wednesday, 3 September 2014 <BR> <BR> Continuing re pronunciation - <BR> That long "eye" sound is the way many folk pronounce Highlands and Islands. <BR> One problem, for folk in the US, is that many of you pronounce the letter i in a number of different ways. <BR> Eg "like" can be pronounced to rhyme with "eye" or with "mine or yikes" or even near to rhyming with "lack" - lahk. <BR> <BR> Pronunciation is such a weird thing in English. <BR> There's the Queen's Eng... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:25:19 EST A Bit About Scotland - Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772171 A Bit About Scotland -Part 3 - Tuesday, 2 September 2014. <BR> <BR> Well, hello, and I said I'd be talking about castles and stuff?! <BR> <BR> Before I start - <BR> I was just watching a programme on TV, till a few minutes ago. <BR> It was about a difference of opinion between folk in the Loch Lomond National Park area. <BR> Some folk were wanting permission for gold mining, while other folk were trying to get that quashed. All of them living and trying to work in the same place. <BR> Appar... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:14:24 EST A Bit About Scotland (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771353 A Bit About Scotland - Part 2 <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for reading Part 1 and leaving comments. <BR> There were three questions. <BR> <BR> One was, if Islands is not pronounced "eye", how is it pronounced. <BR> There's a load of folk who rhyme "Highlands and Islands", pronouncing the first syllable as "eye". <BR> But there's also a huge number of folk who use the vowel sound in "kite" or "bite" as the pronunciation. <BR> It probably depends on what part of the country you come from. The... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:17:24 EST A Bit About Scotland (I) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770584 A Bit About Scotland: Part 1 - for all my SP friends. <BR> <BR> I was asked by friends in "Working Thru The Break" to write a wee bit about my country, in my language. Unfortunately I don't have the Gaelic, so my version of English will have to do! <BR> <BR> <em>706</em> <BR> This is the only emoticon I can find for Scotland - so I'll maybe just use it instead of a full stop - or would it be better for an exclamation mark? <BR> There's nobody in a kilt; there's nobody dancing a Highland... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:34:59 EST 29 July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749187 I just thought I'd drop by and tell you how much I enjoyed my dinner tonight. <BR> It's the first time I've really enjoyed a meal in a few weeks. <BR> <BR> So what did I eat? <BR> Lamb stew! <BR> <BR> I made it a couple of days ago. <BR> I had some of it as a soup that night. <BR> I boiled it through yesterday while I was boiling eggs and doing stuff. <BR> <BR> LAMB STEW <BR> <BR> Lamb steaks <BR> Onions <BR> Garlic <BR> Pearl Barley <BR> Borlotti Beans <BR> Tin of Chopped Tomatoes <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:15:49 EST 14 June 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717996 Fruit and Vegetables <BR> <BR> Over the past few days, I've been thinking about menu planning. <BR> I think it's a great idea, and I keep wondering why I don't ever seem to manage to keep it going. <BR> This evening, I think I've had a break-through thought <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby would jump in here and congratulate me for managing a thought! <BR> <em>326</em> comes to mind! <BR> <BR> However, it can be really quite difficult to menu plan, or even just provide a good meal, when ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:14:19 EST Monday, 2 June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709137 I am delighted to say that, over the past 4 or so 5% Challenges, I have managed to lose a lot. To the extent that I'm now thinking I'll go on maintenance for a wee while, just to be sure my skin is still with me! <BR> <BR> My journey is not yet complete, by any means. <BR> Bits of me that should be a bit less sticky-out are still sticking too far out, for my liking. But other bits have eased off. <BR> Like my tummy is still way too fat. But my wrists have slimmed down! <BR> <BR> Nobody sa... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:16:47 EST Friday, 30 May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706888 Oh my - the last day of the last week of the Spring 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> I hope folk have signed up for the Summer Challenge? <BR> The sign-ups close at midnight, your time, tomorrow, Saturday, for current folk wishing to choose their team for the Summer Challenge. Thereafter, there's still time to sign up, but you'll be given a team <BR> <BR> These 5% Challenges are a great way to learn about yourself. <BR> It's not just about weight loss, either. <BR> There are 3 areas in which we hav... Fri, 30 May 2014 15:11:53 EST Wednesday, 28 May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705357 Today, hubby headed off to his Mum's this afternoon - she wanted him yesterday but I had arrangements made that needed the car, and couldn't be unmade. Then hubby had the dentist this morning. <BR> This is the first potential conflict of interest since I sold my car last week. <BR> <BR> I have been over 25 years with at least access to another car, other than hubby's, but most of it with a car of my own. <BR> Yesterday - I hadn't even confirmed my arrangements till later on Monday, just in ... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:25:50 EST Tuesday, 27 May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704563 Today I'm thinking about stress. <BR> <BR> Over the years, here at SP, I have read and learned a lot about stress and how it affects us, mentally and emotionally, but also physically. <BR> I did the 4-week challenge with the Stress Busters, a couple of years or so ago - going into it thinking that my stress levels were probably not bad enough to justify my being there. <BR> My goodness, I got my come-uppance! <BR> However, I learned a lot about myself in those 4 weeks, and even afterwards. I... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:40:53 EST Monday, 26 May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703629 I've been lacking in energy all day today. <BR> Now I know why - vision distortion migraine <em>527</em> At least this one usually passes off fairly quickly. <BR> I get a tiny dot somewhere in the middle of my vision, which then gradually expands as zigzaggy lines like broken shards round the outside of sometimes a circle, sometimes an ellipse. It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to expand beyond my vision, then I get a headache, then it goes away. I can still function, to some extent during... Mon, 26 May 2014 15:08:03 EST Sunday, 25 May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702905 Another weekend, another week beginning. <BR> <BR> Week 8, the final week of the Spring 5% Challenge for this year. And now we're signing up for the Summer 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> My 4th challenge, in a row, that I've lost weight - that never happened in any or all of my earlier challenges. <BR> My 3rd challenge in a row where I've pretty well met my 5%, or exceeded it. <BR> <BR> Now to use everything that I've been learning about myself, and not ease off as much between challenges. <BR> T... Sun, 25 May 2014 16:11:14 EST 2 April 2014 - An Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662882 Hello there, <BR> <BR> I'd just like to thank every one who took time to read any of my recent blogs, and also those who stopped and took the extra time to leave a comment. <BR> <BR> This is my apology to each of you, that I maybe didn't get around to contacting you, to thank you for your time. <BR> I did really appreciate that you read my blog. I appreciated that you took time to comment. <BR> <BR> I have also appreciated very much some comments to my page that I think I didn't get aroun... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:21:20 EST Friday, 21 March 2014 - Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653381 I was writing a day's challenge for a team, today, and that challenge is to eat an apple today. <BR> <BR> Sounds simple? <BR> It is! <BR> No tricks, no nothing. Just - eat an apple. <BR> It ticks so many boxes - healthy, low calorie, no fat, easy to eat, smells lovely even! It can be eaten raw or cooked, easily. It rarely needs added sugar or oil. <BR> The health benefits are numerous. The vitamins and minerals and stuff help in all sorts of ways in all sorts of areas of the body. <BR> <BR... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:36:43 EST Pancake Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638972 I don't know if any of you, here, officially recognise Pancake Day. <BR> But loads of folk all across the UK seem to find this a great challenge and fun time. Well, at least, according to the supermarkets. <BR> <BR> I used to do pancakes on Pancake Day when my 2 sons were wee. And all 4 of us enjoyed them. <BR> But now - I look at the suddenly gleaming shelves-ful of bottles of maple syrup, and the wee squoochy bottles of lemon juice, and the other tins of syrup and stuff. <BR> Then there's ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:09:32 EST 2 March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637858 Many of you are probably aware that I've been suffering these past several weeks or so. <BR> <BR> I had flu again during the winter (Christmas & New Year) followed, again, by a post-viral lurgy. I thought that this year I'd take a bit more care, make sure I didn't overdo stuff and prolong the lurgy. <BR> Well - I've tried. <BR> I have to say that I do feel much better than at this stage previously - but still smitten. <BR> But apparently, this year's trend in the community is continuing sor... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:58:31 EST Thinking About My Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610554 Every so often I get an email from one of my US on-line friends, questioning something that I've posted. It's to do with my Christian belief - and hers. <BR> <BR> This evening I had a mail from her asking about a post I made late last year about my bible discussion group. <BR> The question was about a study that I was doing September/October time, asking me what I had decided about a particular concept. <BR> <BR> I thought that I had really taken on board the various discussions and though... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:17:53 EST A Burns Supper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599186 I received a link from a friend in Michigan, an article in a local paper for the upcoming Burns' Suppers in town. <BR> My friend wondered how authentic the information was. And this is my reply, rather than trying to put all this on a team thread! <BR> <BR> <BR> From memory of some rather long ago formal Burns Night Dinners - <BR> <BR> Dress- men wear the kilt, or a lounge suit (unless it's really formal, then a dinner suit - think that's what's called a tuxedo?). Women wear "good clothes"... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:19:42 EST Making Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597172 Yesterday I got an email from a church friend asking me for 2 favours. <BR> <BR> One is to play "Happy Birthday" on Wednesday evening - a surprise birthday party for another friend's 60th. <BR> <BR> The other is to play for her and her husband. They have been asked to sing at a coffee morning in a few weeks time. They intend to sing one of the hymns, but to the tune of "Beautiful Dreamer". <BR> Hubby googled and found the music last night, then did battle with his printer till he got me a u... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:21 EST Wednesday, 1 January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577045 <em>411</em> <BR> 11 minutes past midnight, here in Scotland. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to you all. <BR> I hope 2014 is a great year for everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> of the rest of our lives! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:16:16 EST Friday, 20 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568832 I have a problem! <BR> I can't open some of my Spark places this evening, in particular any of my team pages <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Is this a general problem? Or is it "just" the weather around here? <BR> <BR> EDIT - <BR> A couple of hours later, everything seems fine again - duh! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:41:28 EST 16 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565930 Yes, I am still trying to stay healthy, to keep my food and drink calories low and my exercise stuff high. <BR> But I really need to take this day-about thing to heart and work with it, rather than trying to work against it. <BR> <BR> Over the past several months, I have found that if I do on one day, then I can't the next day, day about. <BR> Which won't work well for me this week as I spent a lot of time today doing. <BR> And tomorrow I need to be out in the morning and doing! <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:52:44 EST Saturday, 14 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564380 Day 14 of December already. <BR> <BR> My Challenge for today was to smile at everyone, friends and strangers, wherever I met them. <BR> Ironically - I haven't been out today. And nobody has come to the door! <BR> So the only smiling I have done today, apart from listening to music, and to some of my dafter thinking, has been for on-line friends in various groups, and my cousin's daughter's annual update letter which arrived today with photos of the 2 wee kiddies. <BR> <BR> Now, I need to wr... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:40:10 EST Advent Calendar - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563776 I'll get back to us. <BR> I just haven't been able to sort myself out yet. <BR> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:28:05 EST Friday 13th December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563771 Well, here I am, just wondering where exactly I am! <BR> <BR> I've just put on my first Christmas CD for this year. <BR> It is just after 11.00 pm - and I'm at last letting myself have some Christmas music. <BR> Let it also be said, hubby headed off to his Mum's today, should be home on Monday. <BR> So I can put the Christmas music on to my own volume, for now - just need to remember the neighbours! <BR> <BR> I didn't even know that hubby was going to head up the road, till a couple of day... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:26:12 EST Advent Countdown - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559370 Sunday 8 December <BR> <BR> The 8th activity is to give a goodie at random, explain why, and ask the recipient to do it too. <BR> <BR> My Day 7 list of food & drink that cause me problems - <BR> Bread <BR> Cheese <BR> Fried food <BR> Wine <BR> Potatoes <BR> <BR> These 5 items, in all their own different variations, can well and truly trip me up. <BR> There is also the attempt for part 2 of Day 7 to *not* take any of my 5 listed problem foods & drinks for 24 hours. <BR> I know I won't achie... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:32:33 EST Advent CountDown - 6th December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558559 Hello there, <BR> <BR> A quick catch-up, and sorry, but I haven't managed to get here for a few days. <BR> <BR> Day 1 was glasses of water in addition to the 8-a-day. <BR> Day 2 was different vegetable taken during the day. <BR> Day 3 was reading and commenting on blogs. <BR> Day 4 was each extra 4 minutes of walking beyond what you had intended. <BR> Day 5 was for 5 minutes of "me time" <BR> Day 6 has been 6 points for each different kind of fruit. <BR> <BR> Day 7 is "Unlucky Food" - lis... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:52:03 EST Friday, 4 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558548 Just thinking about food and how much I can eat. <BR> <BR> As the years go on, I can't eat as much as I used to, at any one time. <BR> <BR> So, I have to ask this - why does it take longer for older folk to lose weight? <BR> Appetites AND eating abilities both reduce as we age. <BR> So what do we need to do to tie up the general reducing appetite with the general reducing activity ability, and still manage to lose size and weight? <BR> <BR> Maybe somewhere in SP there could be a suggesti... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:28:04 EST Advent Calendar Activities - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555748 3 blogs to read and comment on. <BR> <BR> In the team where I'm running this as a team activity (which is the Beautiful <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> in the 5% Challenge, Fall 2013), the 3 blogs will be from team mates. <BR> But I'll try to do 3 from some other teams too. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a blast! <BR> My veggie count was 9: leeks, onion, garlic, carrot, tomato, spinach, broccoli, courgette, beetroot. <BR> And that wasn't counting the fruit I'd had earlier in the day!... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:32:31 EST Advent Calendar Activities - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555240 Today I have been making myself aware of my daily intake of vegetables. <BR> <BR> This was already half-done for me, because I made a lamb shank stew for slow cooking, early yesterday afternoon. <BR> The shanks needed used, so they were in a pot cooking with potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, carrots and tomato. <BR> Some of the meat was served tonight with green vegetables - it struck me that the panful was all brown. <BR> I don't do bland food, whether by flavour or by colour. <BR> So I had... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:39:14 EST Advent Calendar Challenges - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555231 Ok - I'm a day late for this. <BR> <BR> My challenge yesterday was to drink more than 8-a-day of water <em>248</em> <BR> I had 7 extra (so 15 in total). <BR> <BR> It worked in really well for me. <BR> I've been badly headachy for over a week. And my joints have been aching. I've also had a head cold - so sinuses too. <BR> And - I've had less water than usual over most of the past week. <BR> <BR> The thought came to me during an awake time on Saturday night that maybe I was dehydrated.... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:30:11 EST