IAMANDARAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMANDARAMA IAMANDARAMA'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/ Dipper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3689594 Disappointingly, I have spent the last few weeks in the doldrums. <BR> <BR> This is not something I am very practised at and I have found it really tough. So I apologise for not being part of the community in that time. <BR> <BR> I am still too raw to write about the (multiple) reasons, or the sea of emotions, but I do now feel that I can look forward again. I know that Spark will help and I am pleased to cautiously ease myself back into the saddle here. <BR> <BR> I hope to connect with a... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 18:48:37 EST 9 miles walked (and still smiling) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3388299 Yesterday was a big day, in that I was working in London. I needed to be focussed and would be seated during two 2 hour train journeys and for 6 hours in a conference environment! And all on such a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> When I got up, the day was new and fresh and, although slightly overcast, looked promising - so I walked to the station (1 mile). <BR> <BR> I'd booked train tickets to Victoria Station (London), but was surprised to see that the route meant a change at Waterloo (also Lo... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 07:03:46 EST Radical Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3373028 I note, it's been a whole month since my last blog - the one that mentioned the need to find space. Evidence of that need, I think! <BR> <BR> As some of you know, last summer I took an early retirement deal - knowing that to make ends meet and pay the mortgage, I'd have to earn the difference between my pension and my last salary. <BR> <BR> There were no guarantees, but I've been doing it. And it's been fun - manic, but fun. <BR> <BR> What it hasn't been, is sustainable. <BR> <BR> So ... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 13:02:31 EST Finding some space http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271388 Juggling too many balls means you never focus on anything for long enough to take stock, evaluate, see things for what they really are and move on. <BR> <BR> I'm awaiting the results of my recent job application, but realise I can't achieve even small steps forward, with Spark or anything else, until I find some space. So, until I have an answer on the job front, I am reducing my hours in school. I'm paid on a non-contract supply basis, so that is possible. <BR> <BR> It will cut my money ba... Wed, 26 May 2010 19:21:27 EST Today we did trains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3260179 My (now) 7 year old grandson Sonny had told me a few weeks ago that he'd like to go on a train. So . . . <BR> <BR> I picked him up at 9.30 today, drove him back to my house and we walked in towards town. He hadn't been told what we were going to do on our 'special day out', but he did whisper he thought it might be a train journey. <BR> <BR> As we approached the station, he still didn't recognise what sort of building it might be - why would he? Then, when we walked into the ticket office,... Sun, 23 May 2010 18:17:30 EST Daze of the Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3235423 Today, I've spent time with my family - and it's about time. It was my grandson Sonny's 7th Birthday and we rampaged at a local park with friends and family, playing cricket, rounders (and yes I did join in) and hide and seek. <BR> <BR> Until today, I have been submerged in work for months (make that years), only coming up for occasional air. - and the days just blur into . . . I'm not even sure what, it's certainly not life and it's certainly not an experience - because it just happens. I ... Sun, 16 May 2010 14:41:59 EST Positive Slippage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3076248 Who would have thought it? <BR> <BR> I was going 'great guns' and had lost 16 lbs in 4 weeks - fantastic! <BR> <BR> And then . . . my internet went down. Spark withdrawal was enforced and I didn't cope. Not able to record nutrition, or fitness, or comment on friend feeds, or touch base with anything - I bought and ate SWEETS!!! I NEVER eat sweets!!! So that experience is scary - and not to be repeated. <BR> <BR> No weight loss this week, so no feelgood should help me to realise the conseq... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 13:47:57 EST Hecticity - how can I avoid it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3000656 It's likely that being so hectic in my life undermines my positivity. <BR> <BR> Having taken early retirement from 20 years of teaching, last year, I still need to earn enough money to cover another 11 years of mortgage and all those other bills we all have. I'm told it was really brave to jump off the cliff and free fall, although it felt more necessary than brave at the time. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've been more than lucky and my income is good; something that couldn't be guaranteed in th... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:07:23 EST My Journey - Planning to get there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2963025 I'm new to this site - really enjoying it, but still trying to find my way around. I linked on to the geographic team area today and via that found 'Hampshire'. I wonder if there's ever a meet up event? I've noticed other groups seem to be getting that together - or are we all too busy to commit? <BR> <BR> I know I'm waiting for the sunshine to also bring some warmth with it, so I can do some 'shingle walking' down at the beach - it kills your calf muscles, but is a damn good workout. I als... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 16:22:34 EST