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/ So near, yet so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839251 I've just been spending some time updating my Spark Page, my tracker and goals etc. <BR> <BR> On the face of it, it looks so easy - I only need to lose 4lbs to reach my goal. But losing that 4lbs and maintaining it is not so easy. <BR> <BR> However, I have managed to lose about 4lbs last year, and keep it off - so another year to lose the next 4lbs will be OK. I'm looking for lasting changes in my behaviour - not quick loss tactics. <BR> <BR> Since I began weighing myself daily (thre... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:32:37 EST It's just food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831407 I had a sort of epiphany today! I realised that I no longer spend all my time thinking about food. <BR> <BR> I used to spend most of my time thinking about my next meal - or my next eating opportunity. I would feel anxious if I didn't have food with me when I was away from home. I would get desperate to eat if the clock went past a certain time. I'd be planning my next meal as soon as I'd finished the one I was eating. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure exactly when this stopped? Maybe it has bee... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:57:57 EST Unwinding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821720 It's only 9pm and I'm ready for bed - yawning and frankly bored with myself! I feel a bit 'aimless' with the 10 days break from work ahead of me - and 'afraid' of wasting it! I also feel a bit lost without the pressure of work. I've been on a steep learning-curve this last 6 weeks or so with my new role at work as an assistant manager - and I am very tired. I felt like I needed some help with this, so I googled it (!) - and found a useful article on wiki-how <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Unwi... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:08:08 EST Bye Bye Butterfly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820505 The butterfly was in the same place and position this morning, so, as I was at home, I decided to move it downstairs near the garden window. Again, it keeled over - and I thought it was dead. I put it on the downstairs window sill - and, blow me, if I couldn't see it's wings vibrating very slightly! It opened it's wings briefly, then shut them again - wow! I opened the window to see what effect the air would make on it. It turned around - hopeful? and ........ nothing - just wings closed... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:13:32 EST Butterfly update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820177 The butterfly hasn't budged from it's spot (as far as I know!) - I'm not going to touch it again, as I'm afraid of damaging it - but I shall open the window tomorrow morning and see if it's interested in going out. I've sent a message to the UK Butterfly people asking what it might be doing......... is it just resting, or is it hibernating? or is it dying? <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:44:31 EST Butterfly story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819557 This story has nothing to do with diets - but it was so amazing that I wanted to share it with you! <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening I found a butterfly in my spare room upstairs - it had it's wings folded shut, and was on the wall near the window. I carefully got it onto my hand, opened the window and offered it freedom. It opened it's wings, but stayed stuck to my palm. I looked at it for a bit, wondering what to do, then it keeled over on it's side with it's wings closed again. I thought i... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:47:25 EST F&M 30/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818963 Chapter 30 is Postpone Eating <BR> <BR> Ha! Well, it's easy to see how to apply this to my behaviour around money: postpone spending. <BR> <BR> So - when I see something I think I must purchase right now - I STOP - and wait a while......... and maybe the desire will fade. The guidance is to put a time-limit on it - say to myself "I'll wait until tomorrow and see if I still want to buy it" then, if I do, I can, but maybe, just maybe, the desire to spend the money will have gone! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:32:26 EST a delicious lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813024 not a great quality video - but wanted to say 'hi!' in person today :) <BR> <BR> (I noticed afterwards that I have berries on my chin, and a blackberry seed between my teeth - but ........ hey.........that's life!) <BR> <BR> This vlog is mainly for my Spark friend Karen - whose vlogs I enjoy so much - sorry Karen, I don't have a proper video camera - but I hope you enjoy the glimpse into my world! <BR> <BR> It's a grey, wet, windy, chilly sort of day here - and I am really happy to be gett... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:14:19 EST F&M reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811747 I've just been away from home for three days - and wanted to reflect on those three days in terms of Food & Money. <BR> <BR> Food: I felt like I ate more, but I didn't really - it was just at different times, and different foods. On the train I did buy a packet of plain, lightly-salted potato chips - which I really enjoyed - which I counted as one of my 'snacks' along with the natural yog and berries I'd brought along. In the evening, the hotel menu was rubbish - and the atmosphere and se... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:10:23 EST F&M 23/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809732 I'm going to be away from home for 3 days - and have decided to take 40GBP with me - will need to buy lunches & drinks & maybe an extra bus fare (thanks Karen for making me think about deciding how much cash I want to actually spend). <BR> <BR> This morning I paid my electricity bill on-line, then I bought a new pair of jogging bottoms using a 25% off promo that had been emailed to me by a company I like. I do need a new pair of lounging-around trousers - but, um, this was an impulse-purcha... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:03:20 EST Focussing in the age of distraction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807377 saw this great mind-map and just had to share it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091328770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> not sure how to make it bigger - will post in my photos as well and see if that can be re-sized Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:35:22 EST Different sort of baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805005 I've got a batch of fruity scones in the oven - and it occurred to me how different this recipe is from the one I grew up with! I could always whip up a batch of scones - easy, right? Flour, bit of butter, egg and milk. Making a scone without those ingredients is a bit trickier! <BR> <BR> The recipe I'm following today is from Forks Over Knives recipe book: oat flour, almond butter (well, I had to use peanut butter), applesauce, fructose, vanilla, soya milk thickened with apple cider vin... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:47:14 EST F&M 17/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804840 Day 17 is called 'Stop wasting food' - which means only eating what you need. To buy, prepare, eat more food that you need is 'wasting food' (and treating yourself like a dustbin!). <BR> <BR> I guess this transfers to money easily if I think about not over-buying food - that's pretty obvious. <BR> <BR> I also know that I need to keep a spending diary for a while, to see how many 'wasteful' purchases I make. For example, I do know that I have bought lots of books that end up going out to t... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:30:40 EST F&M 16/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804391 OK - now this one does have some resonance with me! Chapter 16 in Linda Spangle's book '100 Day of Weight Loss' is entitled "Nurturing power of food". <BR> <BR> So, with food, I have almost got this down now............. it is also about just having a small amount, the stopping. With food, it is so obvious - feel upset, reach for the food-you'd-rather-not-eat and stuff your face in an attempt to 'comfort' oneself. Does it work? Der...... nope! It leaves you feeling worse than before. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:48:13 EST F&M 15/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803474 Day 15 was one of my least-favourite days when I was first working through this book (100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle). It was called 'First two bites' and the task was to take just two bites of a FAVOURITE food - then stop! The idea being that most cravings are satisfied in the first two bites - the novelty, flavour, sensations etc being strongest then. <BR> <BR> I did manage to do the activity - I bought a cookie from the bakery, ate two bites and threw the rest away. However, i... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:14:15 EST F&M 14/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802537 Day 14 of '100 Days of Weight Loss' is called 'Morning affects evening': in food terms this is about not skipping breakfast, which can result in evening eating due to hunger. <BR> <BR> How do I relate this to money? Maybe it's deciding what the day's expenditure will be, and not starting the day by stopping at the shop and buying something unnecessary. Or maybe it's about not bothering to go to the shop when I needed to, then having to rush in after work and pick up stuff that maybe I did... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:54 EST off-piste! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802170 The last two days I've been veering off-piste food-wise...................... which is kind of frustrating after being on-track for quite a while now. It wasn't anything massive really - but I did have a biscuit-bar someone had left in the sleep-in room, then said 'yes' to the offer of another biscuit later on in the day....... then I was really hungry late in the evening (at work) and accepted a bag of maize snacks! The next day I got home from work hungry at about 1.30pm - toasted a bage... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:29 EST F&M 13/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800678 Day 13 is called: Oops, I forgot to eat! <BR> <BR> With food this is about remembering to eat at regular intervals so I don't get OVER-hungry and then grab whatever is to hand. <BR> <BR> With money this could be about paying attention to what's coming in and out, remembering to pay bills, transfer money to savings, read the electricity meter etc - basically not letting things slide so that there is then a mad panic. <BR> <BR> Or it could apply to my goal of saving - save at regular inte... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:20:50 EST F&M 12/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800171 In Linda Spangle's book '100 Days of Weight Loss' the motivator for day #12 is to think about whether I use food as 'fuel or filler'. <BR> <BR> This is a follow-on from yesterday's activity - considering whether what I eat is necessary, or just entertainment! <BR> <BR> For my relationship with money, this is pretty much the same - is this purchase necessary (ie 'fuel') or is it entertainment (ie 'filler'). <BR> <BR> What came to my mind when I was thinking about this and how it related ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:20:56 EST F&M 11/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799609 I am currently working through Linda Spangle's Friends with the Scale book - and one of the things discussed is how the reading on the scale can have the power to change our mood: joy when we lose and misery when we gain! <BR> <BR> Well, I was at the ATM yesterday morning and found that I had less in the bank than I thought. I felt scared and anxious - but I kept it inside, withdrew a small amount and wondered how I was going to feed myself for the rest of the month. In the back of my min... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:59:57 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799313 Today is the day for my second swim. I've come home from work, changed into my jeans, got my swimming kit ready - and my belly is full of butterflies! Why am I nervous? This session may not be lanes, so maybe I won't be able to swim up and down as I did before. But, hell, it's just a matter of getting IN THE POOL and swimming up and down at least 12 times. I can do this! <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I did it - it was lanes, and I had a whole lane to myself :) gosh it w... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:47:41 EST F&M 10/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799020 Day 10 is Appreciate Good Support - which, Linda Spangle writes, is about accepting compliments etc - and not batting them aside by saying things like 'oh, I expect it'll just go back on again' or 'oh, it's these trousers that hold my fat in that make me look slimmer, I'm not really' etc etc. <BR> <BR> This includes not negating the successes I achieve. So, yesterday I bought a coffee at a motorway service station for £2.85 when I was on a 3-hour journey with three other women (we'd set out ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:49:37 EST F&M 9/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798794 I'm skipping this day: it's a bit like yesterday's activity - telling people what you want them to do or say, to support your weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> For example, Linda Spangle suggests the following scenarios:- <BR> <BR> "If you see me eating something that's not on my diet plan <BR> - ask me, 'Should you be eating that?' <BR> - ignore it entirely <BR> - ask me if I've had a bad day <BR> - give me a hug" <BR> <BR> So - that can be transposed to money:- <BR> <BR> If you see me bu... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:16:21 EST F&M 8/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797796 (two blogs on one day, because I didn't get to blog yesterday - this is today's!) <BR> <BR> This day's lesson is about asking for help from those around me. So about not tempting me etc. <BR> <BR> When I did this day's activity with food, I was disappointed that my friend didn't really listen to me, and later did exactly what I'd asked her not to do. So I've come to the conclusion that I can't control what other people are going to say to me - I can only control my reaction - so my inner ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:12:55 EST F&M 7/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797794 Today's 'lesson' from the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle is about reminding myself that <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> That's it: I can stick to my food plans. I can stick to my exercise plans. I can stick to my financial plans. <BR> <BR> Done deal! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:08:30 EST F&M 6/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796845 This day's activity is about defending your resolutions against sabotage from others. With food this is 'oh, go on, it won't hurt you' etc etc which tempts you off the food plans you had. With money it's the same 'oh, go on, it really suits you' or 'it's only £5.........' or 'you deserve to treat yourself from time to time' etc etc <BR> <BR> So - although I didn't have a chance to test this today - nobody invited me to spend money today - the tactics for defending my plans are the same for... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:22:51 EST F&M 5/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796388 Day #5 was one of my favourite (top ten) lesson from the 100 Days of Weight Loss book - and it applies beautifully to money too. <BR> <BR> It's about WAITING and PLANNING! So, for food it means that if you feel you want to eat something that's off your plan (eg pizza) you write it down in your notebook (I make a note on my phone) and then PLAN how and when you can meet that desire. <BR> <BR> So, that is a great one for me with money too - I cannot have it just because I see it - I have t... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:40:47 EST F&M 4/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795617 Today's activities are about how to stay on-track whilst also letting go of perfectionism - and allowing a bit of slack from time-to-time. <BR> <BR> My 'narrow' track is sticking firmly to my savings goals and personal spending plan - saving as much as possible from my day-to-day allowance too. In food terms, this is sticking to the diet plans. <BR> <BR> My 'wider' track is sometimes allowing myself to make an unplanned purchase - it this happens, then I will immediately assess the sit... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:46:27 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795615 There were some serious obstacles to going swimming this morning: I woke at 5.30am with a really sick headache and it was raining heavily. I snoozed until about 6am, aware of my headache, then got up and had a glass of water and two Ibuprofen tablets, made a cup of tea, and went back to bed. I felt terrible - there was no way I could go swimming! <BR> <BR> By 7.30am my headache had faded quite a bit, so I got up and dressed (put my swimsuit on under my jeans!) and remembered I had some cat... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:36:11 EST F&M 3/100 - stage 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795382 Yesterday my activity for 'do it anyway' was to decide on how much I want to commit to saving. <BR> <BR> I've spent some time doing sums and come up with the following:- <BR> <BR> To build up an emergency fund for three months' essentials would be a goal of £3258. <BR> <BR> But there are two things that I need to save up for immediately: my son's wedding in June 2015, and the one week holiday following that. I've calculated that comes to £925. <BR> <BR> I only know that my salary is in... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:21:07 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795363 I have my swimming kit laid out ready for tomorrow morning, and the money I need. No excuses! <BR> <BR> My first session plan from the SWIMFIT programme looks like this: <BR> <BR> warm up: 3 mins easy swimming + 1 min rest <BR> skill: hold a float in front + kick for 4 lengths: rest after each length until breath returns to normal <BR> main: swim 8 lengths + rest every 2 lengths until breath returns to normal <BR> cool down: 2 mins easy swim <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how I'll time my minutes... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:25:01 EST F&M 3/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794720 Today's activity is about 'doing it anyway', even when you don't feel like it. <BR> <BR> I don't feel like sitting down and working out how much I want to commit to saving. I might not get this done today - in fact, I know I won't. So I will do this tomorrow evening. <BR> <BR> I have read a lot of advice about how to set a savings budget - and the one I quite like is by a UK blogger called Frugal Queen! She suggests you work out how much you need to pay all your bills, and pay for your t... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:11:21 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794079 I'm starting to get cold feet about going swimming.............eek! <BR> I've got to do it because you're all watching me and I've said I will. <BR> I also know that I will LOVE it once I get past the fear! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:30:45 EST F&M 2/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794077 Today's activity is to decide to be committed to financial health, not just interested, and to carry out at least one thing today that proves it! <BR> <BR> I kind of failed a bit today - because I DID make an impulse-purchase........ which had been in my mind, but not truly planned - so I used food money to buy YARN! <BR> <BR> It thrilled me to choose the two juicy coloured balls of wool from which I am going to knit a two-tone tweed-effect hat. I do NEED a hat...... but, um, I didn't pla... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:29:44 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793510 <em>237</em> swimming update: I have got the pool session programme and the tariff. I have also signed up to a progressive healthy swimming programme called Swimfit! I have copied out the instructions for the 1st session. I have diaried a swim on Friday morning at 8am - it will cost £4. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 16:02:38 EST money and food: emotional spending and emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792772 I have been working though Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss - and am currently on Day #94 today. This has helped me to change my relationship with food quite dramatically and has given me tools for staying on track which I'm going to continue to use. <BR> <BR> I have also been struggling with my relationship to money - usually the lack of it! But recently I've been given a work promotion; so for the next four months my income will be increased by about 50% - and, strangely, this has... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:49:33 EST Staycation Day #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788451 Today was the last day of my holiday from work - back in at 8am tomorrow morning, and before I know it, my holiday will be a distant memory! But - it's done me good, and I'm going to request the same fortnight for my holiday next year (for the St Ives September Festival 2015). <BR> <BR> So - up at 5.30am in the dark to make a cup of tea and some porridge, pack my lunch and snacks. I set off for my walk at 6.30am to allow 2 hours, so I didn't have to worry about running out of time and coul... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:38:38 EST Staycation Day #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787965 The sun shone all day like it was midsummer - it's been an amazing fortnight of late summery sunshine for my break from work. So lucky! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>437</em> <em>376</em> <em>67</em> <BR> I did several sessions in the garden today - and am making some headway at last. I'm using a systematic approach a la Fly Lady - 15 mins at a time, starting near the house and working my way round clockwise! So if the whole garden WAS a clock-face, I'd say I'm on about... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:25:44 EST Staycation Day #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787407 The weather has been phenomenal - sun, sun, sun! <BR> <BR> I am going out this evening for the last show of my holiday - to watch a play by a small theatre company called 'Owdoyado' - here's the blurb for it: <BR> <BR> "Owdyado Theatre Company present a psychological thriller with a wide streak of dark comedy directed by Simon Harvey of Kneehigh Theatre. A police interrogation room. A woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Did the m... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:22:51 EST Staycation Day #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786795 and work issues have started creeping back in - a text from my manager to see if I was coming in on Monday as she needed to 'update' me. Then a letter from HR presenting me with a change to my terms and condition which mean less hours, and a deadline for my current post of 5.12.14 (great timing huh? just before Xmas!) - before demoting me back down £2,000 pa. I'm currently on £16,000 on which I can just about make ends meet and have a little bit of fun, on £14,000 gross I'm on the breadline... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:48:21 EST Staycation Day #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786190 Sorry for all the blogs today - don't know why that happened - just one of those days! <BR> <BR> Today wasn't very special - except, of course, I was not at work! I went on a bus for a couple of hours each way to a place called Porthleven - really pretty harbour town (it got very battered in the storms last February by HUGE waves that actually damaged the sea wall - it's now being repaired). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470523086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to go to ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:22:53 EST Taking control of the craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786088 Due to the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle challenge I'm on - I was able to deal with a crave in a different way today. I still ate............ but in a different way! <BR> <BR> I had been in a meeting which left me feeling emotionally upset - there had been some disagreements and my self-esteem was flaky! <BR> <BR> On my walk back down to the town, to catch my bus home, what did I start wanting?....... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ....................... you guessed it! something swe... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:16:43 EST Spark keeps me sharp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785872 As a Sparker, I do have a lot of knowledge in my head................. and reading other people's blogs keeps me accessing that knowledge. The daily Spark articles and memory-joggers also refresh my mind. <BR> <BR> So..................... I noticed! <BR> <BR> I have not been sleeping as well as I used to. Why is this? <BR> (1) I'm staying on the computer until too late at night, often checking in with social media before I turn off. <BR> (2) I'm drinking tea later in the evening - often n... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:10:39 EST Staycation Day #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785490 I had a really big sleep last night - and didn't get up until almost 9am! Still - I'm on holiday - it must have been that walk yesterday! <BR> <BR> Today I went to see the 'Shore Captain' demonstrating and talking about his work as a net setter. There's a link here to a video of him. <link>vimeo.com/37382562 </link> hope you can view it from USA - it's a lovely bit of social history. <BR> <BR> This took place in a famous place in St Ives called Porthmeor Studios - this still remains (th... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:05:48 EST Staycation Day #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784754 Only Day #8? great - that means I've got at least 6 days left! yipee! <BR> <BR> Today the sun rose golden and promising! I decided to do some house work first - change my sheets, do my exercises, have some breakfast, pack up some lunch - then get on out for a walk. <BR> <BR> I went to Zennor which is a very popular place locally - it has a lovely pub, a good hostel, and is the start/finish point of some great coastal walks. Coach parties of walkers trek between St Ives and Zennor in the s... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:37:05 EST Staycation Day #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783868 Ah, today is sort of misty again - but the sun is trying. I'm wearing that summer dress I bought last year (you can see it in 'my photos') <BR> <BR> I tried on a skirt that has been hanging on my rail - which I haven't been able to do up for a couple of years. I've kept it because (a) I like it a lot and (b) it's a good bench-mark - anyway - this morning I could do the zip up! It's not comfortable enough to wear yet - but I was thrilled to get it done up! <BR> <BR> Today I have a ticket t... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:34:14 EST Staycation Day #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783864 Saturday 20th September <BR> <BR> The day started with a thick sea-mist over the town. I put a cosy jacket on, and went and walked on the beach in my bare feet which was lovely. The beach was quiet except for the youngster at the surf school. <BR> <BR> Then I wandered through the town and popped in to see an Open Studio - and looked at the work of three of the artists who were working there. This isn't something I usually do, as I'm not an 'artist' person - but today I decided to take ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:24:33 EST Staycation Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782286 I didn't set out to blog every day of my 2 weeks' break from work - but it is proving to be an ideal way for me to journal how I use my precious holiday time. <BR> <BR> Today I got out early, did my Spark exercises, and set out for another 5mile hike cross-country. I am finding that around 5 miles is a comfortable distance for me without getting totally exhausted. I wish I had photos for you - but I only a quite heavy camera, so I don't carry it with me. (I have posted some photos I alr... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:26:57 EST Saycation Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781591 Not such an adventurous day today - it's blustery and raining on/off and I feel like doing nothing! <BR> <BR> I had to go into work for a meeting with my mentor today (yes, I know I'm supposed to be on holiday!) - so I made that into something a bit more Sparky by getting an earlier bus, and walking for 30 mins each way (so an hour's walking) along a pedestrian/cycle way that is set back from the road by hedging - which makes it a bit more pleasant. <BR> <BR> I got hungry because I didn't t... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:18:24 EST Staycation Day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780992 I started the day before 6am with a cup of coffee - all eager to complete a puzzle I'd been up doing until midnight the night before! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325087957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I did my 10 mins crunchless core workout - and felt so good that I went on and found another abs/core video - and did that as well (love Coach Nicole!) <BR> <em>418</em> <em>417</em> <em>406</em> <em>402</em> <em>401</em> <BR> Then I got myself up and out fo... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:17:44 EST