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/ What DID I actually eat today 26th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918015 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I eat which is not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Porridge, dates, sunflower seeds <BR> 2) Cheatin' (vegan) bacon sandwich with BBQ sauce <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) apple and nut butter <BR> 2) nothing <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) Leftovers Potpie (Happy Herbivore recipe) <BR> 2) Leftovers Potpie <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) wasabi peas <BR> 2) nothing <BR> <BR> 3) whilst cooking dinner at 6pm... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:25:18 EST What DID I actually eat today 25th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917572 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Pineapple pancakes <BR> 2) Pineapple pancakes <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)Date bread <BR> 2) nothing <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) Lentil soup, crispbread, 'cheeze' <BR> 2) Lentil soup, crispbread, 'cheeze' <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) banana <BR> 2) banana <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> 1) 'cheeze' and celery wrap, Naked Bar <BR> 2) 'cheeze' and radis... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:56:26 EST What DID I actually eat today 24th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917045 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Porridge, peach, coconut, quinoa pops <BR> 2) Porridge, peach, coconut, quinoa pops <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) Date Bread <BR> 2) Date Bread <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) 'cheeze' and cucumber sandwich on g-free bread, cherry tomatoes <BR> 2) 'cheeze' and cucumber sandwich on g-free bread, cherry tomatoes <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) Satsuma a... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:39 EST What DID I actually eat today 23rd April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916485 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2 = what I actually ate <BR> 3 = anything I ate which wasn't really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) toast and nut butter <BR> 2) g-free toast, dairy butter, peanut butter <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) muffin <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) salad jar (chick peas, toms, cucumber, lettuce, radish, hummus) <BR> 2) salad jar (as above) <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) apple and nuts <BR> 2) apple and nuts <BR> <BR> Extra snack after work... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:24:52 EST What DID I actually eat today 22nd April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915886 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= what I ate that was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) porridge, apricots, almonds <BR> 2) porridge, peaches, almonds <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) protein ball <BR> 2) protein ball <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) Insalata fantasia (salad in an jar - olives, corn, tomato, green onions, lettuce, herbs) <BR> 2) Insalata fantasia <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) muffin, small pot of frozen yogurt ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:09:58 EST What DID I actually eat today 21st April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915211 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= what I ate that was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 1) Ryvita and Marmite <BR> 2) Ryvita and Marmite <BR> <BR> Mid-morning <BR> 1) apple and nut butter <BR> 2) apple and nut butter <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 1) salad and Ryvita <BR> 2) muffin <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) salad and Ryvita, half a banana <BR> <BR> Second afternoon snack <BR> 1) nothing <BR> 2) slice of gluten free bread <BR> <BR> Tea <BR> ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:05:51 EST What DID I actually eat today 20th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914617 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I ate <BR> 2=anything I ate that was not really 'food'! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) porridge <BR> 2) porridge <BR> <BR> Mid-morning: <BR> 1) popcorn <BR> 2) popcorn <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) hummus and salad wrap (1), satsuma <BR> 2) hummus and salad wrap (1), satsuma <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon: <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) muffin <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> 1) smoky baked beans and rice, strawberries <BR> 2) smokey baked beans and rice, strawberries <BR> <BR> Sup... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:17:32 EST What DID I actually eat today 19th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914017 I'm going to try to report my new food journal here - not sure what it'll look like. <BR> 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2 = what I ate <BR> 3 = anything I ate that was not really 'food'! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Ryvita and peanut butter <BR> 2) Ryvita and peanut butter <BR> <BR> Mid-morning: <BR> 1) apple <BR> 2) protein coconut bar <BR> 3) 10g dark chocolate eaten whilst cooking <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) hummus and salad wraps (2) <BR> 2) hummus and salad wrap (1) <BR> <BR> Mid-aft... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:37:15 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 28/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913472 That's it! I've done a 4-week challenge. And it HAS made a positive difference. <BR> <BR> The most important things have been 1) taking action to keep my work hours within my contract - and not over-doing the over-time! 2) getting enough sleep by going to bed ridiculously early, if necessary, to get at least 7 hours a night. 3) planning fun activities for myself to look forward to. 4) cutting right back on caffeine consumption <BR> <BR> Those four actions have resulted in a reduction in s... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:32:02 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 27/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913017 The penultimate day of the Challenge! <BR> <BR> Today I stayed in bed a little longer, went for my run - which was great. <BR> <BR> I went to the bookshop and collected a book I'd ordered: Happy Herbivore Abroad - which is great :) <BR> <BR> Then I went over to spend the day with my friend who is staying in her beach chalet for a month. While I was there she had two visitors pop in (not at the same time) - both who needed to talk and be listened to. We did that for them - and then analyz... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:14:25 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 26/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912468 Well the 4-week challenge is nearly over - and I have busted a lot of my stress. <BR> <BR> I've been doing much better with work stress - but today, even though I felt quite happy, I bought a bag of mint toffees which I munched whilst I was working on the computer. True I was having problems with the computer, true I was a bit bored with all the updating I had to do, true I was feeling a bit tired from a late finish last night, true I was wishing the day away because I have Friday and Satu... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:43:58 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 24 & 25/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911543 I didn't get a chance to post yesterday - was at work all day, did my exercises, ate, went to evening class, went to bed. I did have a pretty good day at work - part of this was due to who was working that day, part was due to me deciding what I was going to focus on. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to be out until bed-time too - so I'm blogging over my breakfast! <BR> <BR> I've been for a run (6am and out! brilliant) which is going really well. Having some nice decaff with my breakfast, ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:22:46 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 23/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910309 I'm posting this early because I've got to go to work for an over-night shift and don't want to miss a day off my stress journal. <BR> <BR> I got up early and went for a run. I'm really enjoying this now my stamina and strength are increasing. I've also done an arm workout with resistance bands. Getting the exercises done early in the day works for me. <BR> <BR> I read a funny chapter from my management book this morning 'How to herd cats!' - like when you have a team of people who are a... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:19:05 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 22/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909957 Today had a certain amount of stress in it - some argumentative and aggressive people in a meeting. But, you know what, I expressed my feelings; I told them it was not acceptable to be rude. I survived it. AND I didn't eat my feelings. The meeting was 10.30-1pm and we didn't get a break until 12.30 - I hadn't eaten a mid-morning snack. What was passed around was a nice mug of fresh-brewed coffee (which I accepted even though it was caffeine) some quarter-pancakes folded over with a stra... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:01:36 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 21/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909479 I had a day off today, so I didn't need to set an alarm to wake me up. I stirred as it got light, and deliberately kept my eyes shut for an extra lie-in. When I fully woke it was still only 6.30am! <BR> <BR> I got up and dressed in my running gear – had a glass of water and 3 dates – and go out of the door by 6.55am. I was rewarded by a beautiful, clear morning – a quiet town, fresh, bright air – and a feeling of glory when I achieved my goal! <BR> <BR> One of my goals for the ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:19:32 EST the Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 20/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822459837.jpg"> <BR> I don't know how accurate these things are (virtual me) - but thought I'd do a reality check on myself. The picture above is what I may look like at 125lbs (current weight). Below is how I might look at 115lbs <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765131153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clothes cover a multitude of sins - and I thought the reality check might help motivate me. <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> To... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:23:47 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 19/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908371 Another busy day is done. After some morning support tasks that have to be done - I took Melissa's advice and knuckled down to the 'difficult' job first. It did take up quite a bit of my time, but I got it done, and even though I felt a bit uncertain about some of it, I felt much better knowing that I'd got it off my desk! Thanks Melissa! <BR> <BR> There were other things at work that made me mad today - and although I kept it together whilst I was at work, on the way home I chose to bu... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 14:44:57 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 18/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907729 Today I was able to use my experience, of feeling stressed at work, to support a colleague who is also feeling unable to cope at the moment. He is already on anti-depressants and confided that he had been feeling tearful and was going to see his doctor about increasing his meds. After we'd had a chat, he laughed and said he felt a lot better! I'm sure this was because I was able to share how I have been feeling. So now we are both looking out for each other at work. <BR> <BR> I felt stre... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:07:22 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge 17/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906966 Today I took note of my 'tendencies' to be an 'Obliger' and decided to do the best I could for myself: I was in work at 8am and had a support shift until 10.30am - then admin work scheduled until 4.30pm. However, when I checked the rota I saw that a support shift from 4.30pm - 10.30pm this evening was not covered. My first thought (as an Obliger) was 'I'll do it." Which would mean staying at work for 14.5 hrs. Then I did a double-think, and decided I'd go home at 10.30am and go back at... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:41:31 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 16/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906537 I'm feeling a lot better. Why? Well, I've had a couple of good nights' sleep. The sun was shining today. I've eaten well. I've been doing some self-assessment. On my twitter feed today I saw this link from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project (I think there's a team on Spark based on her book). I took this quiz and found I was an 'Obliger' and her description of an 'Obliger' was pretty accurate! The nub of it is that I'm more likely to prioritize the needs of others before my own ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:50:19 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 15/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905899 Easter Day has been a good day for me: It was a day off work and I could really relax on my own. <BR> <BR> I had a good sleep, but work was on my mind as I woke up. I shook it off, and had a lovely breakfast, then went out for a hike for over an hour. I did a circuit out of town, along the coast path, and back again. I paused a couple of times on benches and sat just looking at the view; that was good. <BR> <BR> There are lots of holiday-makers in town for the Easter break, so all the ca... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 15:09:45 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 14/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905182 My goodness - 2 weeks gone already. I still feel like I'm in rather a whirl. I've got to work this afternoon/evening, then I have Sunday off - so I'll take that time for myself again (probably a run included). <BR> <BR> My anxiety/stress levels are still high - it's that feeling like I'm full up to capacity/up to my eye-brows - and just one extra thing becomes TOO MUCH! If I carry on like this I'm likely to get depressed. <BR> <BR> I think a major part of my anxiety is about work - m... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 07:54:25 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 13/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904908 This evening I am dealing with my stress by sipping a 'bedtime' herbal tea and eating a handful of raw mixed nuts. <BR> <BR> I had a good day - I didn't have to work today, so I was able to wake up without an alarm and not get dressed straight away. I was able to enjoy going out for a run, eating a hot meal for lunch and dinner, getting my laundry done, catching up on Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> This evening I had a meeting at my house (Buddhist leaders' meeting for Cornwall) and it brou... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 16:23:26 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904298 Oh boy, did I have the caffeine-withdrawal headache today? Yes I did! I got quite a few glasses of water in, I chose a peppermint tea in a cafe at mid-morning, and had two other herbal teas at work and one bottle of flavoured water (oh, and 3 paracetamol tablets for the headache!). The Yogi Snack Tea has a bit of Assam black tea in it, so that gave me a little boost. I also ate about 5 chocolate-covered coffee beans - and they probably gave me a little boost too. But overall, I did well ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:18:33 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 11/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903594 Today I took some action to deal with my stress-load. I asked if I could leave work just after lunch - which was okayed, so that's what I did. <BR> <BR> I went into town and bought myself a little bag, a sort of 'jacket' thing, and a fascinator for my hair - all in preparation for my son's wedding. I also went into The Body Shop - and the assistant in there helped me choose a nail varnish and lipstick that would work with my outfit. It was really nice to go into small shops and have per... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:19:21 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902684 I didn't do so well yesterday, stress-wise. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm noticing is that I keep a lot of what I feel inside of myself. Doesn't everyone? I mean you can't go around causing conflict all the time because you need to say something about how you feel. Often, it's just not appropriate at the time - either because it needs to said confidentially, or because the task is more important at that moment. <BR> <BR> I suppose what might be happening is that I internalise my stressors, a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:46:19 EST Darn it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901645 Guess what, I won't be going out tonight - because I forgot to factor in the Sunday bus timetable - my last bus out of here is at 18.10 and then there's nothing to get me home again. <BR> <BR> The carb-fest continued with toast for breakfast - not too bad you think (2 slices), then I seemed to buy two-for-£1 bags of Mars chocolate things........... call that mid-morning snack maybe. Then, at work for longer than I intended (again!) left at 2.30pm and bought a cheese and onion pasty........ Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:25:43 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901485 The clocks went forward an hour last night - so I've 'lost' an hour's sleep - really didn't need that! It's grey, wet, windy - sort of like winter here this morning. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I shared, on here, my plan to do something fun this evening - because I know for sure that I would not be bothered to get out the house again this evening otherwise! <BR> <BR> I've got to go to work this morning - I need to do a couple of hours support, then I've got to get the timesheets all inputted on ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:08:53 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 8/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900969 Week Two of the Stress-Busting Challenge - and all that business with technical glitches on Spark was a bit stressful last night! Something went wrong and when I clicked through to a resource I found that I was logged in as Spark Coach Denise! It freaked me out! <BR> <BR> So then I watched two episodes of Masterchef on catch-up TV - why did I do that?!?!?! It made me late getting to bed - and then I had a struggle to get up this morning! Why on EARTH do I watch Masterchef?!?!?!? I really ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:17:36 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900747 My goodness! That's Week 1 gone already! I am feeling quite a bit less stressed, most of the time. <BR> <BR> I've been wafting around in a cloud of petitgrain essential oil - which is lovely. It's supposed to calm the nerves, and I think it's definitely improved the quality of my sleep and my dreams. <BR> <BR> Today I felt SO tired heading for work, but once I got there I was OK. I spent about 6 hours today working with my manager on staff rotas for the next three weeks - we've got suc... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:13 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900208 I've been pretty 'cool' about things today. Started at work just before 8am with three of us all thinking we were on the same shift - so some swift re-adjustments had to be done. Then my computer froze up on me - so I had to call IT, who eventually sorted it out for me. We've got a new system and it's all a bit hit-and-miss at the moment, plus I'm trying to teach other people how to use it at the same time. <BR> <BR> I did drink a few too many coffees at work today - but I didn't over-ea... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:46:19 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 5/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899524 I almost didn't go to my weekly Cornish language evening class last night; I left it until the very last minute, then decided to go! I was glad I did, we had a laugh translating a funny story from Cornish to English. <BR> <BR> When I got home I had a footbath with petitgrain and lavender oils - and went to bed. I had a much more refreshing sleep last night. When I woke up I kind of just laid there assessing how I felt - I felt very relaxed and calm........... when I looked at the clock it... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:23:40 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 4/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898876 Tuesday, 24th March was supposed to be a day off work, but then a team meeting was scheduled and I had to go in - only for 3 hours - but, you know, it took a pretty big chunk out of the day. <BR> <BR> To be honest I felt almost tearful on the way into work - and today I did eat sugar. It's my job to bring the nibbles for the team meeting..... and today I took in some 'Stroopwafels' which are a Dutch waffle things with honey-syrup in the middle (UK description is Caramel waffles) (177 cals e... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:07:43 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898564 I was so out of it yesterday I didn't even log on! So this blog is a quick one, which is about yesterday! <BR> <BR> I left home at 6.45am and ate my breakfast on the bus to work. I am starting to have that 'oh, no, not work' sort of feeling at the beginning of the day - which I never used to have. The situation at work is very stressy at the moment - social care funding cuts have meant that we've had to redesign our work schedules with much-reduced human resources - this has meant that the... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:19:50 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897517 Yesterday, after doing the quiz and finding that one of the stressors could be not having a relative/family member within 50 miles, I decided to phone my son. We don't usually communicate by phone - I keep up with his highlights on twitter and instagram. He lives with his fiancee about 150 miles away, but I don't have a car, so I don't get to see him more than once a year at most! He's 28. Anyway, after exchanging a couple of tweets on Saturday morning, I figured as he was obviously at hom... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:41:01 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896828 I've decided to join the Stress-busting challenge because I recognise that I am feeling over-whelmed with stuff, and that makes for stress. <BR> <BR> The actions for week 1 are to keep a journal of things that cause me stress - so that's what my blogs will be for the next 28 days! <BR> <BR> I've had a cold on/off since before Xmas - as have most of my friends and colleagues! The last three or four days I've felt really naff with an annoying cough and slight nausea. <BR> <BR> I end up in... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:32:40 EST Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888498 Warning - this is a bit of a rambly off-load rather than an interesting blog - so only read it if you already like me! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> When did eating ever get this complicated?! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I get tired of myself, going round and round with all these different diet plans, recipes, and stuff. It often occurs to me 'why is eating so complicated?'! <BR> <BR> Last three weeks I had a fridge full of eggs, yoghurt, cottage cheese, creme fraiche - trying to do a higher-p... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:30:17 EST Compulsory Downtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888082 After I posted yesterday's blog, I started feeling sniffy....... and developed a cold before bed-time! Went to bed early with a hot-water bottle, and stayed there until later in the morning than usual. <BR> <BR> I thought I needed some serious down-time ........ and I got it! <BR> <BR> Fortunately the sun has been shining today - and so I put my sun-lounger out and took a cushion and blanket out with me, and spent over an hour laying out under the sun willing it to zap the virus! <BR> ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:06:02 EST A not so good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887479 Today is St Piran's Day - I started the day thinking I'd have pasty for lunch (traditional food!) - but I didn't because I was travelling on a bus at lunch-time and hot-food is not allowed - so I went into the supermarket and bought a good low-carb dip, an orange, and some oatcakes to dip in my dip. Then my hands strayed towards the carob-coated raisins, chocolate-coated almonds, yoghurt-coated apricots etc etc - and I came away with a 125g bag of yoghurt-coated brazils. I think I was thin... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:10:37 EST Little Diddy Nibbles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886007 I went for a swim this morning - did 20 mins! I am so chuffed with myself because I can feel that I'm making progress - stronger, more stamina. And I'm loving the feel-good factor :) <BR> <BR> To be honest, I'm a 'lone exerciser'; I walk alone, run alone, hike alone, swim alone, do yoga at home alone, have weights and resistance bands for working out alone at home. But I'm not an unsociable person. Today I enjoyed a little bit of social interaction whilst at the swimming pool: First I rec... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:34:24 EST Cake is still 'cake' by any other name! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885457 I am doing really well eating low-carb etc. The scale is going down and I'm feeling good. <BR> <BR> I love, love, love my cookery books - and have a lot them: vegan cooking, raw food, low-carb, low GI, vegetarian without wheat, dairy, sugar, yeast, Forks over Knives, Vegan slow-cooker recipes, Happy Herbivore, Oh She Glows etc etc. And I love trying new recipes. <BR> <BR> Today I have a friend coming over for tea - so, thinking about her likes/dislikes too, I have prepared a very veggie... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:45:18 EST Low Carb eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882606 I've been doing a lower-carb, higher protein eating plan for the past week and have to say, I'm feeling good (and the scale is going down). <BR> <BR> At the moment I'm eating much more vegetable protein, eggs, dairy, than I am used to - but it's worth it to feel free of the carb cravings. <BR> <BR> My packed meals for my work day (and evening) tomorrow include a stuffed hard-boiled egg (curry, spring onion, a little half-fat cheese, mayo); two vegetarian sausages; mixed nuts with a few d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:17:39 EST Limiting Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877831 I just wanted to share this tip I read in the comments on a Spark Friend's blog today - it seems like a possible way forward as I aim to live a more low-carb life-style. <BR> <BR> "One hint I got from the hospital when I was advised to monitor my sugar intake to heal my liver was not to eliminate it totally because that could result in binge eating. They set me onto reading product labels and restricting myself to 9-12g sugars per 100g." <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> DI-NAMIC Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:48:35 EST My Own Valentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874582 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690722628.jpg"> <BR> I've been going through the 100 Days of Weight Loss book for the second time, and finding that I really was just turning the pages and not really working through any new stuff. So, I decided to STOP and go back to the beginning, and take the time to work through it at my own pace. <BR> <BR> As Valentine's is also coming up - I bought myself a pretty new journal to record my journey. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:41:12 EST Spark Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869780 I've been in a routine lately of getting up at 5.30am - making my decaff coffee, then chanting (my buddhist stuff) for half an hour - getting breakfast, packing lunch/snacks, get washed and dressed - go to work by 7.30am. <BR> <BR> Today's a day off - so I had an extra half an hour in bed - then did my chanting, got dressed, had breakfast - packed my bag for the day's activities...... and I've still got an hour left. <BR> <BR> So - it's Spark Time! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 03:09:09 EST Cool Kit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866885 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671615556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a little video showing off the four great storage containers I'd found in my local store - but after 16 hours the video's still not showing on Spark - so I've given up, and deleted it. Apologies to the two Sparkers who commented on it. <BR> <BR> There are two small pots with really good screw-tight lids - great for trail mix, yoghurt and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> There is a square box which opens up i... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 02:13:10 EST check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862253 Hi - just checking in with my friends here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> I've slackened up a bit lately - not because I'm slack really, but because I've been busy with work and work-like stuff. My yoga has slipped.......... I haven't been swimming.............. I've stopped tracking my food. <BR> <BR> However, I'm here every day - active on the 100 DWL team, and I always check all my Spark Friends regularly. My weight is stable and my eating is pretty OK - not 'off the rails'. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:00:27 EST Timetabling crisis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856408 I've been feeling like life is all work, work, work lately. It's cold, wet, yucky out and I've not been out walking for leisure much - just to and from work stuff. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I've been re-assessing and looking at all the things I want to be able to fit into my life - and realising that it just doesn't all fit! Every work day has about 8 hours of work, 2 hours of travel, about 3 hours of personal care, food and housework time, 8 hours in bed, - that leaves about ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:06:33 EST No progress is progress ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855494 As I stepped on, and off, the scales this morning and got the data - I'm the same, same, same, I realised how important being part of this Spark community is to me. <BR> <BR> Even though I am 'maintaining' a steady weight (in the normal range) - I am still having to apply the Spark rules to my life to stay there - keep an eye on my food, keep doing my movement. <BR> <BR> Simples! If I hadn't come across Spark - I'd probably still be watching my weight climb slowly up and eating whatever I w... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:12:39 EST Keen to be lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852016 Did you see the video Spark Guy posted today - about the young woman who learned to dance in a year? It was very inspirational. About making small amounts of progress every day, based on dedicated practising. <BR> <BR> Then Barbara posted a stanza from Shakespeare on my page - about being so lean that the wind would blow through me............. <BR> <BR> And the phrase 'keen to be lean' came to my mind. <BR> <BR> I might make that my new name - what do you think? <BR> <BR> PS - I wasn... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:44:37 EST