RAWCOOKIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAWCOOKIE RAWCOOKIE'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/ Sugar-free fruity cool drinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173580 I've discovered that I enjoy drinking most of the herb teas cold - and have been making up a 250ml brew, letting it cool, then pouring it into a 500ml bottle and topping it up with water. This works a treat for me and is a way for me to get at least one herb tea into my system each day. <BR> <BR> Today, I've added another trick to this; I saw it in a Spark article the other day about keeping cool on the beach. Put the bottle of drink in the ice-box to freeze! Then pop it in your bag, and... Tue, 31 May 2016 07:56:05 EST Reviewing my Mellow-ometer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172265 (Long blog - grab a coffee/tea/water!) <BR> <BR> As it gets close to the end of May (already?! yes, I know!) I have been kind of reviewing, in my head, how the mellowing project has gone. <BR> <BR> I do feel more mellow. How that feels for me is: less stressed, more relaxed, not 'down'. I've been noticing the absence of 'angst' and wondering whether it is due to the focus on mellowing, or just something in the stars that would have happened anyway in May! (Sometimes I wish I didn't thin... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:42:55 EST Get Connected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170180 Lat week was Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK and the theme was 'relationships' <BR> <BR> <link>www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and<BR>-videos/relationships-missing-piece-we<BR>llbeing-puzzle </link> <BR> <BR> I am very supportive of people with mental health illness - possibly through my work, but mainly just because that's the kind of human being I am. We're all vulnerable to it, and it's so hidden, and so under-supported generally. <BR> <BR> Someone I know, who has a m... Wed, 25 May 2016 13:42:05 EST Camomile & Cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169626 Today was my first day back at work after a 10-day break. I take my packed lunch, some instant coffee & creamer in a container for drinks - and, today, I decided to pop a herb tea-bag into my bag too. I often take herb teas to work - and don't use them! But because of my recent reading about addictive eating (Gillian Riley - Eating Less) I was mindful about how often I make a cup of coffee just to avoid a feeling of boredom, fatigue, annoyance etc. <BR> <BR> So, at mid-morning, I had my ... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:37:09 EST The Little Mermaid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168907 I couldn't have had a more delightful way to end my 10-day break from work, than going to see the Mermaid down at the harbour this evening. I lined up with everyone else, leaning over the harbour wall to see her swim and dive. She chats to the children and has a lovely personality. There is an underwater photographer with her, and a 'rescue boat' in the form of a chap on a paddle-board. It was quite magical to watch her - and it made me smile. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Mon, 23 May 2016 15:54:32 EST Seeking Solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168128 The sun came out today - after a couple of rainy days, it was a joy to see and feel that sunshine again! <BR> <BR> I went down to the shops after breakfast and got some of the things I need for the next couple of days - from my list. I found that the town was already very busy with people who perhaps arrived yesterday afternoon - all heading to the town and the beaches. <BR> <BR> I took my shopping home (we're talking a 3 min walk here!) and made a coffee - put some washing on - felt a nee... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:09:24 EST Give it a tweak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167547 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/169678d6-7f45-44a4-acd3-ea56b5a4b775.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I don't use a nutrition tracker, or count calories etc, but I do try to do a weekly menu plan for three meals a day - which keeps me on-track. I know approximately how much I can eat to maintain a steady weight. <BR> <BR> However, recently a new daily guideline type thing came my way, which is a vegan "daily dozen" from a book called 'How Not to Die' by Dr Michael Greger (I don't have th... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:52:11 EST First Aid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166835 Yesterday morning, whilst out running, I tripped and fell - hurting my hand. It was a kind of sliding graze and my palm bled quite a lot. I was out on my own, on the cliff path at 6.30am, so I knew I had to look after myself. <BR> <BR> Firstly I swore as time went into slow-motion and I watched my right hand stretch out in front of me to save my head from hitting the ground. Then I did a quick assessment and reached out for some big green leaves to press on my bleeding hand. Breath! Brea... Fri, 20 May 2016 09:29:13 EST Doing something different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166386 Today I visited our local museum with a couple of friends. I'd never been there before. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81fc31a9-441e-489d-a169-76d13f0196db.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> We three friends met at evening classes, where we learn Cornish language. At the museum we found lots of signs in Cornish, and mentioned that we were learning. It turned out that the volunteers on the desk that day were our teacher's brother-in-law and his wife! You always need to be careful wh... Thu, 19 May 2016 14:57:50 EST Going into the jungle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165437 A principle of mellowing is to take one step at a time. This advice, which echoes FlyLady's mantra of 'just 15 mins', plus Spark's motivating call to do '10 mins a day', has enabled me to embark on the project to get a grip of my over-grown jungle of a garden. It's only a small jungle, but there are some WILD things out there, believe me! <BR> <BR> Deciding where to start, what to do, can be a stumbling block for me - so I've divided my garden up into zones (like FlyLady does for rooms i... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:20:52 EST Enjoying my coffee......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164590 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/601efa26-1e14-4cbc-8d2b-00b1966729a3.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Well, there was I, sipping my coffee, feeling pretty mellow, when I opened this email from Jon Gabriel: <BR> <BR> " We all know caffeine speeds up your heart rate and metabolism; and anything that speeds up metabolism should help you lose weight, right? <BR> <BR> No, there are a couple of big problems here... <BR> <BR> After a while, caffeine acts like a constant stress on your body, and... Tue, 17 May 2016 05:09:42 EST Dip your toe in the deep blue sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f80fa2ba-3332-46f4-bc64-e41edcdd9d79.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even though I live surrounded by sea..... I still sometimes have to make an effort to actually get onto the beach! I know that probably sounds ridiculous to those of you who don't have the good fortune to live at the seaside! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b30c8bfa-11e1-4527-97c1-a09117d5a692.jpg"> <BR> Porthmeor beach - my 'local'- 4 mins walk from home <BR> <... Mon, 16 May 2016 15:50:20 EST Letting the Day Unfold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163427 I woke to a beautiful, sunny morning - birds singing......... so I got on my running togs and went out for a gentle run. The town was empty - I could run down the centre of the road if I wanted to. There was no sound of cars at all - no delivery lorries - I could hear the sea before I got to it - I could hear the birds singing - I could smell the sun in the air. It was just a perfect gift of an experience. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20b80a11-399b-4954-a11d-b... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:59:05 EST Melting into Mellow Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162642 Today is the first day of my 10-day rest from work - and, to be honest, the first thing I'm feeling is boredom. A feeling of being a bit rudderless and not knowing what to do - I should probably do nothing for a while, until I know what I want to do! <BR> <BR> However, this afternoon/evening I am going to immerse myself in blues music. For the first three or four hours I will be helping serve drinks as a volunteer at the local venue - then I am being fed for free by the caterer, then stay... Sat, 14 May 2016 08:31:32 EST Lucky Friday 13th ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161890 Ah, THAT day - you know, the one between Thursday <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b53b3ec0-e9b1-462c-83ab-1f43b0cd2100.png"> and Saturday <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c63f2bdf-cc6a-4296-8b1e-03a4e2b24145.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> OK - let's be lucky! <link>www.wikihow.com/Be-Lucky-on-Friday-t<BR>he-13th </link> <BR> <BR> Funny, didn't intend to carry on the work theme, but I was successful yesterday and managed to mellow my way through the long day! Today, h... Fri, 13 May 2016 01:29:58 EST Don't Fight It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161234 I'm in a 3-day run of long work days: tonight I will be home at 11pm and out of the door again at 6.30am - bleah! Yesterday I was at work from 8am to 9pm (home at 10pm). Friday it's just an 8am to 6pm, but long enough! I'm keeping my sights set on the weekend ahead! <BR> <BR> I woke this morning with a fuzzy head - feeling already tired at the thought of what I have to do on my shift today: one person will want to go swimming - that's fine, except that I end up quite physically tired, an... Thu, 12 May 2016 02:52:42 EST Stop Complaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159870 When I'm tired, I start complaining - I can hear myself doing it, but it's really hard to stop it! Do you ever get like that? <BR> <BR> I was reading about how to let go of grudges on WikiHow <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Be-Mellow </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0950848-b72f-475a-b84f-e94f98b02338.jpg"> <BR> here they are talking mostly about forgiving people who've upset you. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> But I started thinking about all the things that ... Tue, 10 May 2016 06:18:46 EST Patience versus Impatience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159296 I'm generally a pretty impatient person - and not a great one for delayed gratification! That's probably why my budget often went pear-shaped in the past. <BR> <BR> Notice the past tense there? There's an exercise in Linda Spangle's book "100 Days of Weight Loss!" (the Spark Team I help to lead) where you change your narrative, for example, from "I always mess up my budget" to "I used to always mess up my budget, but now I manage it very well." <BR> <BR> Well, you may have noticed that ... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:04:41 EST Just strolling along...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158587 Forget the power walk...... if you want to be more mellow, take a stroll! <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Be-Mellow#Taking_Act<BR>ion_sub </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc009b29-2dd8-4201-a316-1970c7f86d6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, Sunday, I felt a bit sluggish. Perhaps after a late finish at work yesterday, perhaps because I listened to a discussion on the future of crime and policing before I went to bed - which affected my dreams. Perhaps it's the weather... Sun, 8 May 2016 06:27:16 EST Making the best of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157976 I have TWO mellow realisations today - ways of dealing with potential stresses in a value-creating way. <BR> <BR> The first was waking up too early. I knew it was because I know I have to be at work at 1.30pm - so my brain was already working on that even as I slept! I woke at 4.30am - then snoozed until 5.30am. That's the time my alarm is set for on a work day if I'm starting at 8am. <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> It's Saturday I thought......... I don't have to be up yet.............. But ... Sat, 7 May 2016 02:07:06 EST Hold back the tide! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157362 On this mellowing journey I'm taking time to change what I can change, slow down etc and it's feeling good! <BR> <BR> Another tool in the mellowing box is clearing the clutter - keeping on top of things, being organised. I've got a head-start with this because I encountered Fly Lady a few years' ago - so I understand the principles of this. <BR> <BR> However, I've found myself doing two new things which are helping me hold back the tide! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Fri, 6 May 2016 04:24:22 EST Playing Tortoises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156677 I'm not entirely sure of the real meaning of this song by Otis Reading - but it's the tune that jumped into my head this morning as I considered slowing down and mellowing out! <BR> Sitting on the dock of the bay.............. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVjnBo96Ug </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a horse - Sagittarian, born in the Year of the Horse - and I seem to be very true to those 'settings'. I'm always galloping off somewhere, head high....... once something has finished, I'm off on... Thu, 5 May 2016 04:16:13 EST It's just a clock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f7bcf94-0b15-4b42-9b7d-784ffc249a64.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today I've been mellow about time. The Cornish have a reputation for being a bit vague about time - the word 'dreckly' means 'directly', and means 'when I get round to feeling like it! - like manyana! <BR> <BR> In the real world, of course, many things have to operate to time-tables - or it would all go pear-shaped. However, there's no real reason for me to carry on operating like that w... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:44:16 EST Goody Two Shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154942 Some of you may have noticed shoes have been a bit of a theme for me recently - with two shoe-loves taking hold! Here's a reminder! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/419a71d3-0576-4842-8d06-1f831f15693c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02aedfdf-3714-4a33-bd11-989bd632437e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh, they are so cuuuuuute! However, I can't afford either of them at the moment. <BR> <BR> I have a great pair of boots that I bought many years' ago - ma... Mon, 2 May 2016 16:21:59 EST Midnight Mellowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153773 1st May, and, true to my usual style, I decided on a theme for the month ahead: I am going to stop stressing about things and practise being more mellow. I even found a helpful guide on wiki-how! <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Be-Mellow </link> <BR> <BR> Well, my first few hours of May were spent lying in bed - wide awake at 2am in the morning..... not something usually happens to me (luckily!). Hmm...... why was I awake? Too much coffee on Saturday? Too many things to think about? Not t... Sun, 1 May 2016 03:46:45 EST Choose Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152692 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01169185-bcb6-4cde-afec-f615ac0cb1d1.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today's writing in the Simple Abundance book is about 'allure' = charming & mysteriously attractive - defined by an intangible sense of being confident, assured, serene, capable......... and summed up as being spiritually attuned (a bit like yesterday's one about being tuned in to our intuition I guess?). <BR> <BR> The trick seems to be to overcome the daily stresses that threaten to derai... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:29:38 EST Gosh! April is almost all used up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152266 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83cc0159-0b94-45bf-b914-e673d2980666.jpeg"> <BR> I've enjoyed working through the Simple Abundance book during April - and its focus on the senses has been wonderfully enriching. <BR> <BR> I'm still reading my way through The Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman - and have reserved another non-fiction book by her from the local library. A friend at work has lent me a book about colour essences "Aura Soma: Healing through color, pl... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:24:41 EST Variety is the spice of life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149045 Today's writing in the Simple Abundance book is about 'taste' - both the sense & also the appreciation for things that bring harmony & joy. <BR> <BR> I am currently reading the section on taste in The Natural History of the Senses - so right in rhythm with today's writing from Sarah Ban Breathnach. <BR> <BR> Sarah BB suggests two ways to "increase our capacity for pleasure"! First - to try food that is 'foreign' to us - to be 'open and curious'. Try a new recipe; that's a goal I regul... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:26:32 EST Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148364 After my post about senses yesterday, I was bowled over when a friend asked if I wanted something from the bag of 'freebies' she'd received - there were shower gels, hand lotions, body sprays in Strawberry & Pomegranate or Coconut & Lime; I chose the coconut set. <BR> <BR> I'm off to work now, but I'm looking forward to annointing myself with coconut & lime when I get home this evening! Coconut always reminds me of sun-tan lotion - I don't think those lotions are packed full of coconut oil... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:11:21 EST Come Fill Up My Senses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147677 At the beginning of April, I mentioned that I'd bought a book which had been recommended by Sarah BB: A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman. It is a GLORIOUS read - non-fiction exploration of, well, the history of the senses (!) and today's entry in the Simple Abundance book makes reference to it. Immediately my mind was filled with John Denver singing ........ come fill up my senses......... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb987675-4b3b-4172-a275-799... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 03:32:08 EST mmm........ that smells lovely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147306 Twice a week, an aromatherapist comes to work with one of the people I support (at work). Her arrival is heralded by a wonderful smell ........... and we all get the benefit of the aromas wafting around when she visits! We all make (nice) jokes about her staying and giving us all massages! (I wish!) <BR> <BR> I was once a body-work practitioner myself - and used to work in a holistic health centre where I could swap treatments with people. So I regularly had massages in exchange for gi... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:10:27 EST Having a Soak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146596 Today's writing in the Simple Abundance book is about the benefits of having a daily soak in the bath. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17f81faf-8f25-41a5-b2f1-f1e975fe15c1.jpg"> <BR> The warmth, the smells, the candles, the music (or silence), the alone-time............. <BR> <BR> She (Sarah BB) writes, "Do not underestimate the blessings of a bath. It can calm your mind, relax your tired, tense body, and soothe your stressed spirit." <BR> <BR> Except I don't have a ba... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:26:29 EST When you Hunger and Thirst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143981 I haven't posted a blog for the past few days - first due to work/time, then because I have a cold/cough and just haven't felt creative at all! <BR> <BR> There have been a couple of interesting readings in the Simple Abundance book - one was talking about eating - what do we really hunger for? what do we really thirst for? Well, that's a big topic, and it's what the 100 Days of Weight Loss team are working on here on Spark People. It's also a topic familiar to anyone who's been on Spark ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 03:52:56 EST Is self-love really the only weight-loss aid you'll ever need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141578 Well I find myself disagreeing with Sarah Ban Breathnach today - she puts forward the idea that if we love ourselves enough and tune into our authentic selves, then we will eat when we're hungry, drink when we're thirsty etc and achieve our ideal weight. <BR> <BR> I guess that's the aim of intuitive eating. <BR> <BR> Well, if only it was that easy. It doesn't work for me - and presumably, it doesn't work for most people, otherwise we wouldn't all be here on Spark People trying to 'fix' ou... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:32:50 EST Make Peace With Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140619 Today's writing from the Simple Abundance book is about honouring our bodies - just as we are. About accepting ourselves in all our glory. She points out how, over time, ideas about beauty and the 'ideal' body have changed - from women in the Middle Ages wearing belly-pads, and Victorian women having ribs removed (waist clinchers are back in fashin I see! OMG!). <BR> <BR> "The body is, quite literally, our vehicle for being - for giving, for loving, for moving, for feeling - and if it does... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:32:55 EST Finishing Touches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139854 I finished reading one of the books! Yay! I completed 'Elizabeth is missing' - what a great read that was - I didn't anticipate the ending - brilliant! Next up is 'Twenty Tales from the War Zone' by John Simpson - this is on loan from the library so needs to be finished! <BR> <BR> Today's topic in the Simple Abundance book is about accessories. I always have some sort of accessory about my person - always earrings, sometimes a necklace, often a scarf, sometimes a pin or brooch. When I'm n... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:27:26 EST Thrift-Shop Pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138881 Sunday morning here & it's like a second winter now - dark, wet, windy - grim! I've lit candles to cheer my cottage up! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed wearing my 'diamond' earrings yesterday. I also wore those 'smart' classics I've mentioned - navy trousers and silver-grey tunic, with a pretty scarf - and I DID get some coral nail polish and painted my finger-nails - THAT did cause a stir at work - in a positive way. <BR> <BR> The book I ordered last week (A Natural History of the Senses by Diane A... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:37:38 EST Affordable Luxury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138245 Today's writing from the Simple Abundance book is about being open to the lovely things in life. She (Sarah Ban Breathnach) says we are often very generous in our giving to others, but not so willing to receive gifts ourselves. <BR> <BR> I think I'm quite good already at treating myself to affordable luxuries........ but here are some of her suggestions:- <BR> <BR> - wear cashmere socks whilst saving up for a cashmere twinset <BR> - indulge in co-ordinated scent: perfume, body talc, and... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 02:45:24 EST More Dash Than Cash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137974 More Dash Than Cash is the theme of April 8 in the Simple Abundance book. Kind of - set your intention and let the Universe bring you what you need. <BR> <BR> I am currently wearing a pair of jeans from a charity (goodwill) shop, a t-shirt from a charity shop, and a jumper passed to me by a friend. So - I'm already pretty good at creating dash without (too much) cash! <BR> <BR> We have lots of charity shops here - there are plenty of places to search for 'just the thing' to add to my w... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:55:28 EST Come alive with colour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137028 Today's writing from the Simple Abundance book is another one about colour. About having the courage to put those bright pops of colour into our environment, or into our wardrobe etc. <BR> <BR> I have to be careful that RED doesn't spread throughout my whole house! In order to 'control' it's spread, I limit it to my lounge area. I also limit my red clothes to a cardigan and some undies! Otherwise RED goes everywhere! I'm always attracted to the RED one - red kettle, red saucepan, red c... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 10:30:01 EST Colours - beautiful colours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136144 Yesterday I was having a conversation with a colleague about 'vaping' - he stopped smoking last September and is a keen 'vaper' (user of e-cigarettes) - we talked about all the different blends and 'aromas' etc. I said that I found 'vaping' quite attractive, although I'd never do it. Then I mentioned that I liked the idea of inhaling colours........ and he told me about a system called aura-soma. Aura-soma was founded by a clinically blind woman, called Vicky Wall - she apparently was abl... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 08:44:13 EST Urban Rangering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135555 The term Urban Ranger comes from Reinhard Engels - creater of everydaysystems.com - one of which is the NoS Diet I follow. I love the guy - it makes so much sense to me. <BR> <BR> Anyway - Urban Rangering is about walking, wherever you live, even in a city or town - kind of getting past the idea that an 'proper' walk has to be in the countryside, on a trail etc. <BR> <BR> The writing for today in the Simple Abundance book didn't resonate with me - it was about noticing what you admire ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 12:33:37 EST Less is more? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134665 The Simple Abundance topic for today is the art of elegance 'learning that less is more'. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/604124b1-ae53-4066-8e5a-5980ff657cd0.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I just started getting excited about all those exotic colours a few days' ago (see April 2nd Food for the Eye blog) and now she (Sarah Ban Breathnach) is telling me to be 'restrained'! <BR> <BR> I've never considered myself to have 'style' - I'm not one of those women who can put anything on and... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:51:48 EST Other lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134032 Today's reading in the Simple Abundance book is about other lives......... things perhaps we dream of being....... lives we live vicariously. The idea is to think about how to incorporate aspects of those other-lives into our everyday life - how do they dress, how do they live? <BR> <BR> I came up with a few things - other lives that I take an interest in, and enjoy vicariously! <BR> <BR> Astronaut <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4264babd-1b55-469b-a945-77e29306eabf.... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:36:24 EST Something looks a bit fishy............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133734 I left for work without my earrings on Friday........ got half way to the bus stop and realised I was 'naked'! <BR> <BR> So I popped into a little art gallery where the lady makes, amongst other things, low-cost jewellry. The first pair I spotted on the stand had a coral-coloured bead, and a little silver fish dangling from it. I bought them. I'm wearing them now too! (sorry no batteries for my camera at the moment) <BR> <BR> At the end of February I rewarded myself with a charm for my s... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 06:42:48 EST Food for the eye ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133100 Today's theme is 'Verve', but before I talk about that I want to report back on how my dress-up went yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd0e80ec-7bf4-4a6b-a597-2e83a8055910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was really surprised that everyone thought it was great - not 'funny' at all! (it was a bit funny to wear six random brooches I think!). It was quite funny because I forgot about what I was wearing and during my working day I had a meeting with a police officer, and... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 09:12:39 EST Empowering your Authentic Self with Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132233 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ac05513-785d-43c8-b534-4ca8522a7985.jpeg"> <BR> I've had this book for 10 years' now and I dip into it regularly for inspiration. It does what it says - brings me 'comfort and joy'. I've decided to work through the daily inspirations in this book for the month of April. <BR> <BR> Today's suggestion is to dress differently - mix and match your clothes in a new way - think about having a bit of fun. She also suggests sorting through the Summe... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 05:41:02 EST Ballet Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/557757d7-a1b6-4ba3-924a-5884e0e7f09b.jpeg"> <BR> After browsing through Google to find an image for 'ballet points' I came to the conclusion that ballet is a barbaric and dangerous activity - lots of pictures of deformed and damaged feet! <BR> <BR> So, let's just point our toes - gently! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/baf9baba-6e1f-4d3f-81e1-68fac30efe4f.jpg"> <BR> Gastrocnemius is the large calf muscle. It helps ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:42:22 EST Hammies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129480 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2e770fd-d5c1-4b8c-8b80-fa4f0d370ede.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today I'm looking at the Hamstrings. Funny name, isn't it? Why is it called Hamstring? <BR> <BR> According to wiki The word "ham" is derived from the Old English ham or hom meaning the hollow or bend of the knee, from a Germanic base where it meant "crooked". It gained the meaning of the leg of an animal around the 15th century. String refers to tendons, and thus, the hamstrings are the s... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:39:20 EST Easter Picnic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128426 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db551a8c-6123-465d-9d89-8358823e1270.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I have to be at work for 13.30 today (and staying there until 09.30 tomorrow morning - so it needs some planning & preparation!) <BR> <BR> The Sunday bus gets me into town at 12.33............ so I was thinking I'd have to go into work early and find something to do. <BR> <BR> Then it occurred to me........... I could have an Easter Picnic! I can walk to the park, or the Promenade, and s... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:00:23 EST