RAEHIPPYCHICK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAEHIPPYCHICK RAEHIPPYCHICK'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/ On the mend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638446 Well, my poor beleaguered little tootsies are now feeling much, much better <BR> <BR> A combination of things have helped; first off (obviously!) my wonderful physio, then wearing Fit-Flops and other arch supporting type shoes plus a ‘new’ bed <BR> <BR> The bed was my son’s but now he has left home (again!) he doesn’t need a king size as has moved in to a tiny room in a shared house with his best chums. The bed has a brilliant coil spring mattress and I must say I really notice the differen... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:32:44 EST Ow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608915 Well, all my good intentions of walking all the way to work and only getting the bus back up the steep hill on the last part of my journey home are now thwarted... <BR> <BR> I seem to have developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which apart from being really painful is very annoying! <BR> <BR> Now I have to catch the bus to and from the city centre and walk from there on the level to work. Probably about a third of my previous walking, but better than nothing. <BR> <BR> From what I c... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:51:01 EST A little Rae of Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591942 Well, here in the East of the UK it has been beautifully sunny all weekend… what a difference it makes to my mood! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Saturday a lady I work with took me off to a delightful sewing/fabric/craft shop and whilst I did indulge myself, I also kept within the budget I’d set myself – yay! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I (finally!) got on with my accounts… not so yay, but once there are done I shall be happier and feel free! <BR> <BR> My treat for finishing my account swill be to real... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:42:16 EST Patience is a virtue... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585922 ... virtue is a grace... <BR> <BR> ... Grace is a little girl with a dirty face.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry - something from a childhood book that always pops in my mind when I think of the word patience! <BR> <BR> But really, patience *is* a virtue, one that I don't necessarily have much of! I can't help expecting instant results; after all surely my body should know I am now eating healthily again for (another) long run s therefore why does the weight not drop off like the beads of sweat ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 17:21:31 EST A step in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564673 So, I've been walking to work for 5 days now. My son has picked me up in the evenings as I have had a bad cold and am not quite up to walking both ways <BR> <BR> The walk is nice; just over half an hour. It starts with a treacherous totter down the steepest hill in our fine city then plateaus out with a stroll along the river then ends up with a puff and pant up a short but fairly steep hill, then I am at work... all hot and bothered but rather chuffed with myself! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:23:44 EST Ups and Downs, Swings and Roundabouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550501 So, I've been in my lovely flat for a couple of months now and am settling in nicely... just need a couple of tall bookcases and I'll be able to get *properly* organised... amazing how much stuff accumulates over time! <BR> <BR> I've been doing plenty of good home cooing and the good news is, weight has been lost... sadly not by me though! My son has lost just over a stone (14 pounds) ~ woohoo ~ I am so pleased for and proud of him... he also looks healthier too. He is feeling much better in... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:02:50 EST Settling In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494712 Well, I've been in my new flat for a week today and my belongings arrived yesterday... I 'camped out' for the first week with a couple of garden chairs and very basic cooking kit! <BR> <BR> I am loving the new place; it is spacious, light and airy but warm as toast. Think I shall be very happy here. My grown-up son is staying with me for a while and we are both planning to get healthy in mind and body over the next few months. I'm already enjoying cooking proper home-made from scratch meals ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:25:58 EST Normal service will be resumed shortly... I hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472243 I'm not long back from a fantastic holiday in France at my sister's place over there <BR> <BR> I had a brilliantly relaxing time, ate well, drank too much and generally wallowed in enjoyment! I played with my twin nephews, had fed goats and llamas, saw the local saltworks, swam in a great pool and bought some of my favourite cheese. Oh and spent a lot of time sitting on balconies and terraces with my sis, bro-in-law and lush rose wine! Best of all I got hear some of my beloved cow bells <BR... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:23:07 EST Realistic Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445029 My lovely SparkFriend Lisa has come up with the idea of setting ourselves realistic goals and as I've always been far too over enthusiastic (unrealistic!) when setting my goals I love this idea and have thought long and hard to cut my list down to sensible, manageable goals... <BR> <BR> 1: Reinstate my old 10 minute a day mini exercise routine (last did it back in ooh... the 90s and had forgotten all about it until Lisa came up with this idea) <BR> <BR> 2: No booze on 'school nights' which ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:35:45 EST Detox Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427954 Following my accident with my ankle I have noticed that not only the injured foot has been swollen (badly, but really surprising as it was quite a tumble) but the uninjured one is pretty puffy; I especially noticed it when I compared it to my sister's and mum's ankles. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm; not nice having 'old lady' feet when one is as vain as me! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I had a day all to myself and decided to have a bit of a detox. My original plan was for a whole weekend but I am off out for ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:19:36 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422606 At last I feel human again! <BR> <BR> I had a fantastic holistic full body massage with healing and crystal therapy and finally my body feels like it is mine again <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The fall that broke my ankle really whacked my body out of alignment so I've been in pain and discomfort all over, including the shoulder I jarred as I landed, plus the foot was so swollen at times I wondered if it would pop like a balloon <BR> <BR> But now the foot is almost down to its no... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 04:17:44 EST Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385565 Well, so much for my lovely walking twice a week regime... that is now on hold for, ooh, about 6 weeks I reckon! <BR> <BR> On the way home from the Progressive Supper I managed to trip over the steps to my house and now have a rather large plaster on my leg! <BR> <BR> It's only a bit of bone chipped of the ankle but it is amazing how incapacitated one is with a duff foot that one isn't allowed to put ANY weight on it <BR> <BR> I am slowly getting the hang of crutches but of course can do a... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:51:22 EST My body is happier with healthier foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376308 This weekend just gone my mum and I went to stay with one of her friends... we got thoroughly spoiled with a delicious 3 course dinner, wines and calvados... then on the way home we stopped at a lovely coffee shop and I indulged in strong coffee and a cheese and chive scone with lashings of butter... today my body is not a happy bunny! <BR> <BR> With all the healthy eating I have been doing lately my poor body decided I had overdone the naughtiness of rich food and is feeling bloated, lethar... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 06:16:47 EST Patricia Cornwell made me think, not drink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364278 I recently read The Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell and in it there is mention of a discussion the character Marino has with his therapist about his drinking <BR> <BR> He works out that he has wasted about 20 per cent of his waking hours over a long period of time due to booze <BR> <BR> I know this is a book of fiction, but it got me thinking - when I drink of an evening I get very little done, if anything and it is such a waste as I have so many hobbies I love doing, plus there are a... Wed, 22 May 2013 08:13:50 EST People are noticing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255707 Well, although I clearly seem incapable of converting stones to pounds without mucking it up and I can't see my scales to read them properly (I'm 5' 7" and short sighted!) it looks like I am dropping some weight <BR> <BR> My mum and a couple of friend have commented that my midriff is reducing as is the flobbily bit where my neck used to be! <BR> <BR> Woohoo... just a little recognition really helps, so if you notice anyone who is looking even a fraction thinner, do tell them, as it will m... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:08:11 EST My kind of exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238397 Currently I can't afford the gym and my knees don't take kindly to running... cue sobbing violins! <BR> <BR> However I do have a very good friend who lives in a huge house that is being renovated and I have volunteered to help with the painting.... so today I have spent 2 hours rollering a ceiling and feel great! <BR> <BR> I got a good rhythm going and worked up a bit of a sweat plus the stretching was great for my stiff neck and the walk to and from her place is good as it involves hills ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:58:44 EST Keeping on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235357 Well, the eating less on a couple of days a week plan is working! lost a couple of pounds and feel fine, plus I feel I can keep it up as it is only a couple of non-consecutive days <BR> <BR> I'm not cutting back hugely but I do make sure that my calorie intake is significantly less on the 'special' days... and on my other 5 days I still eat sensibly but I don't beat myself up if I indulge a little bit, but I try and keep indulgences for when I have company or go out to eat with friends <BR> ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:01:15 EST Changing Tack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229685 I have been interested in the Fast Diet that is all in the media recently. While I don't like the word Fast as it smacks of instant and therefore unlikely to be long term success, I do like idea of cutting way back on calories twice a a week; they also call it the 5:2 diet <BR> <BR> When I was thin I used to eat, as my sister recently put it, erratically but I ate what I fancied when I fancied, I just didn't seem to eat all the time or even follow a normal 3 meals a day pattern. I was by no... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:34:59 EST Rae's Rules for 2013!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183900 Rules for 2013 <BR> NO BOOZE (except Fridays/Saturdays if socialising) <BR> No laptop in bedroom <BR> Get up at 8 every weekday <BR> 15 mins exercise every weekday <BR> Weekly planner STICK TO IT <BR> Food plan every Friday and STICK TO IT <BR> Deal with all bills etc within one week of arrival <BR> Read articles within one week of receipt <BR> Read business books for 20 mins twice a week <BR> 15-30 mins meditation every evening <BR> Read life coaching type books for 20 mins twice a week <BR>... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:05:59 EST Mostly on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094226 I've (re)discovered that not drinking is really rather a good idea! I feel much more motivated and lively when I don't quaff the old red wine each night <BR> <BR> I did have a few over the weekend as I had a friend to stay, plus I let myself indulge at weekends as it's not good to ban myself completely <BR> <BR> I do have another friend coming to stay for a couple of school-nights next week, so as I know we will go out for dinner and have a few drinkies I have decided not to drink over th... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:50:53 EST Still feeling focussed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082202 Thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog post... it is lovely to be cheered on <em>30</em> and really helps me feel more positive <BR> <BR> I'm still feeling pretty on my way - I had a few drinkies over the weekend but I'm keeping to my no-drinking-in the week rule. I'm also eating better, I find if I drink wine, I get the munchies so it's doubly calorific! <BR> <BR> My oldest-bestest friend is down for the weekend, so eating and drinking will occur, but now I know that next ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:55:15 EST If at first you don't succeed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077970 Well, things haven't been great lately and instead of losing weight I think I've put some on, haven't found my scales since I moved house but my clothes are tighter :( <BR> <BR> This last week though, I have signed up for courses on running my own business and stopped having wine in the evenings and am already feeling more positive, time to get in to a better rut! <BR> <BR> I have a friend who wants to play badminton with me, so we are doing that this afternoon and will do it at least once ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 05:39:53 EST Off track but finding my way back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958956 Well, it's been a funny old few weeks. I was put on notice of redundancy but luckily managed to find myself a new job elsewhere. Tat really simplifies what has been going but but basically sums it up... obviously it was whole lot more complex and stressy than that! So I fell off the wagon a bit... some comfort eating and drinking plus of course the obligatory blow out celebratory dinner. I know I shouldn't have done those things but I did them and am moving on - the good thing is I didn't gai... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 08:32:19 EST It's official - I have begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928079 I've been faffing around for far too long. Since I quit smoking 18 months ago my weight has steadily crept up. I've been excusing myself by blaming eating instead of smoking, which is just rubbish - it's an excuse that's all! <BR> <BR> So, I remembered I joined Sparkpeople a few years ago and resurrected my page and started tracking food on and off. I also began to plan my meals ahead. Something in my head went 'click' this last week, a feeling I have had before... the day I decided to quit ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:13:28 EST