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/ 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 Keep One Foot on the Bottom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7bc520d-5992-41c6-86a4-aaed2d3a3f2b.jpg"> <BR> 1915 Donald McGill postcard - I always have to add a whimsy! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows where their glutes are, right! The gluteal muscles give us shape and appearance. A well-developed butt signifies youth, health, fitness, virility. Typically, older people can 'lose' their bottoms almost completely - unless they keep exercising! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:58:05 EST Cor! Look at that six-pack!!! - episode 2! (warning: this blog contains chocolate) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2cd223e-0133-4fd8-9d79-e3739e542d22.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Earlier in March I blogged about the abdominal muscles - there was a fun picture of a couple of cheeky guys making pretend six-pack patterns on their bellies! <BR> <BR> This morning I had an email from Brad Pilon (body-builder/intermittent faster) which included this - which I thought was interesting. It fits very well with today's lesson on the 100 Days of Weight Loss team (Day 83) whi... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:33:15 EST Do you, like, er, exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124575 I had a great comment from a colleague at work today - just had to share it! <BR> <BR> We have to wear plastic aprons at work when we're doing 'personal care' work - and I can tie the strings of the apron at the front (just!). My colleague looked at my apron and said "How can you tie that in front - I can't get mine anywhere near! Do you exercise or something?" <BR> <BR> She's quite trim herself, so this was a nice compliment - I said "well, I am smaller than you (in height), but yes, I do... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:09:07 EST Latte http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122695 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4ec6f3b-c921-426e-965c-3ddaae4f1937.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Got your coffee? Well, today I'm looking at the 'Lats' - Latissimus Dorsi <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5399743f-5499-4655-abbd-a06fd1d0d4c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, my goodness, I had no idea what this muscle really did! I kind of knew it was to do with my back, but it's actually one of the largest muscles in the body, and it's definitely in the 'rubber band' ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 07:10:36 EST Delta Skelta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ef8385b-162e-4068-ae3b-af738b29dc70.png"> <BR> Some muscles are named for their shape - and the Deltoid muscle is named after the Greek symbol for Delta - which is a sort of triangle shape. There are mathematical rules about what exactly a delta shape is - some planes and birds are described as 'delta' shaped - as are kites - and leaves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44234fe4-cfbf-44e3-aedd-d0990238bcd9.jpeg"> <B... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:05:02 EST There she goes on the flying trapeze! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116107 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/226e83a0-0319-4f90-be0e-54b2e0f5b5b5.gif"> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I can't hang from my arms for more than 2 seconds these days - not that it's something I've practised doing - have you? They always have those monkey-bars in the children's play-grounds - kids can do it, no problem! <BR> <BR> I'm not even sure that is IS the TRAPEZIUS muscle that enables us to hang our body-weight from a hand-grip - but I think it might have a big part to pl... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:19:23 EST Cor! Look at that six-pack!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114272 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/331a9627-7fc3-4835-b93f-8b45b68f7932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> did that get your attention?! sorry! <BR> <BR> Seriously - what is this THING we have about abs? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7de6793-0128-467e-88a2-5e13bab35cb2.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Well, apart from the 'hunk' or 'hunkess' images that come to mind - the abdominal muscles are crucial for a whole lot of wellness! <BR> <BR> The abdomen is "....... h... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 11:31:29 EST Quads for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112349 I wanted to call this blog 'playgrounds for adults' but I realised that might trigger unwanted attention from a search engine! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50e254b0-929e-4e8a-b351-dc3e11a7fd97.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I've been talking about having playgrounds that adults can use for years - but only recently discovered that they ARE beginning to appear. I don't know if everyone will be able to view this video from the nhs uk website - but this brought tears (of joy... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 04:06:04 EST Stand Up Straight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111804 I thought I was going to look at Quadriceps today - but then I saw this fella and thought - THIS IS INTERESTING! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7167f34a-7758-4c02-bda7-1b3318fabbe6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just take a look at that .............. and be amazed! They are lots and lots of small muscles that hold our spine up - enable us to bend forwards, backwards, side-to-side - how incredibly important they are! They kind of hold our spine together and protect it from ge... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 10:55:45 EST I eats me spinach! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75d447fe-f8cb-4068-88b0-4032db689283.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Well, after the Triceps, the next one is obviously the Biceps. The first thing that came to my mind was Popeye! It's such a well-know pose isn't it, and it's a universal kind of sign language for 'I am strong'! Manual workers have strong biceps - they are used for bending the elbow - so pretty much anything we want to lift - we have to use our biceps. Picking up shopping bags? <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 05:45:44 EST Triceps - Try Staying Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109991 I went to bed with my books last night - reading about the triceps muscle - strengthening and stretching exercises. <BR> <BR> I had a great tip on yesterday's blog, from Leslie, about being an opportunistic "dipper" - <BR> <BR> No! Not that sort of "dipping! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8bb268b-1a05-4a91-bebf-70086cba4522.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I meant - like making use of a handy chair, at work perhaps <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5968114a-cbc... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 04:30:23 EST I'm held together by rubber bands! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109606 Muscles are a big subject - so I'm going to concentrate on the ones that deal with movement of the skeleton. <BR> <BR> Muscles then, are like rubber bands, that animate a hinged & jointed hard structure. If the rubber bands are worn out - our skeleton is not able to hold itself up or to move properly. Well, you all know that, and there are loads of articles about muscles - I'm just warming up a bit here to find my way into how I'm going to approach these blogs. <BR> <BR> I have two books ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:43:50 EST Introducing my theme for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108754 I am really happy that so many people enjoyed my February blogs - it gave me a lot of pleasure to do that series; posting every day about lovely things. <BR> <BR> In March I am going to take time to get to know my muscles a bit better. I have to admit that I'm not a complete novice - having a history of nursing training (but not quite completing the course), then being a shiatsu therapist (I did complete that course) for several years. <BR> <BR> However, when it comes to moving my body... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 17:12:37 EST Filling February with Love - Finishing touches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107433 It's been good doing this 'Filling February with Love' theme - it's made me focus on caring for myself. <BR> <BR> To finish the month off, I am going to get a charm to add to my bracelet. <BR> <BR> When my Mum was dying, she asked me if there was anything I wanted from her jewellery box: There was only one thing I would have liked - her delicate, gold charm bracelet. She only wore it when they went out in the evenings - and it jingled as if she was wearing little bells - I loved it. Ho... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:36:24 EST Rosewall Hill - photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106555 I've got to go to work this afternoon (for an over-night sleep-in shift) - but kicked myself into action this morning for a glorious walk. The birdsong was amazing. The wind was cold. The sun was shining. I was the only one there. I took a whole bunch of photos and I'm sharing them ALL with you! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36896e08-78d7-4440-ae9f-2a80021832bb.JPG"> <BR> looking back down at St Ives Bay from half-way up the hill <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:12:52 EST Filling February with Love - FLY LADY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106509 Well, this series of blogs would not be complete without mentioning Fly Lady! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e05db5c-0af2-4920-b1d3-411cbb049f0c.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I can't remember how I first discovered Fly Lady - but I'm so glad I did. The acronym FLY means Finally Loving Yourself. The whole system is built around habit-formation; doing one little thing each day that adds up to a whole lot of good results! <BR> <BR> In this system, each day of the week has ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:58:53 EST Filling February with Love - radiate love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106209 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fe26640-9be4-4794-a27b-65fa51ce59d5.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Over the last few days I've read some interesting stuff, and listened to some interesting talks - and I've kind of got my head into a different space. Leading on my from my success at friendship - after refreshing my knowledge of the theory behind successful friendships - I decided to make the same effort at work today. <BR> <BR> As I arrived at work I talked to myself (inside my head) ab... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:20:13 EST Filling February with Love - Volunteering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aeff2509-77ab-43a9-8e8d-4755be52678c.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm going to watch a wonderful dance performance by Joli Vyann: 'fusing dance and circus......integrating acrobatic skills with athletic dance...... a thought-provoking performance that explores our obsessive dependence on technology, asking whether our lives are 'in' or 'out' of balance. <BR> <BR> I will be there as a volunteer - helping to run the bar in our local Guildhall (town... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:22:42 EST Filling February with Love - Friendship - bonus blog with photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104679 I wanted to report back that I had a lovely day with my friend. I put into practice all my 'friendship-nurturing' skills and it paid off AND I felt good about myself and her. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a few photos - we went to Logan Rock - near Treen. <BR> <BR> This is my friend as we approach the coast path <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c2b7ac4-a8dc-46b5-8cea-c306e5b58a6e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is Logan Rock - we climbed half-way up this and ate our lunch - and s... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:40:52 EST Filling February with Love - Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104279 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3883acd6-3e30-4e66-9fff-0d955fcbf1de.png"> <BR> <BR> Apart from work, where I am intensely involved with people all day, I spend a lot of time alone. That's fine with me - I think. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit of a Lucy at times. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b228b194-60d2-4bb2-935b-0bf7597b896a.jpg"> <BR> and I'm a bit of a Snoopy at times. <BR> <BR> Don't you just love Peanuts for those home-truths?! <BR> <BR> Today I ha... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:03:01 EST Filling February with Love - Candlight & roses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2c95a74-eaf8-4116-a290-7e5dfabd5a2f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Ah...... there's nothing quite like a good candle to spread some calm into the house - this one is Lavender & Rose Geranium scented, hand-made here in town, absolutely gorgeous aroma! <BR> <BR> I wandered through town and browsed some other candles ...... but they came no-where near the quality of this one. There are ones that say 'made with essential oil' but smell like bubblegum and blue... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:03:38 EST Filling February with Love - Salted Caramel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102548 I sometimes get a bit cheesed off with the recipes that flash up on the Start Page - you probably know the kind of thing: no-calorie, single-serving double chocolate chip muffin in a mug - that kind of thing. At Valentines I clicked through to a pretty-looking recipe for heart-shaped treats - it turned out to be a raw brownie recipe (nuts, dates, cocoa etc) which I am very familiar with - but these things are designed to eat in SMALL quantities. I'm sure many of the people here on Spark ha... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:40:04 EST