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/ Enchilada Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986398 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2407622 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b097fa84-d1b9-49c5-a4e5-dfde62185acd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was an easy, tasty meal. It was a bit tricky for me as I'm not in USA - so had no idea how much kale would be in a Fresh Express Baby Kale Mixed Bag of kale - I used three large red kale leaves and tore them into small pieces. <BR> <BR> You basically layer all the ingredients in the order they're listed... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:05:11 EST Don't Mocha Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983017 Today I was feeling a bit blue, and had a headache, so I took a couple of Paracetamol and decided I'd fill a flask with hot water, and take some hot-chocolate powder down to my friend's beach hut, and sit in the deck-chair and just watch the ocean for a while. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e652102f-8b01-464e-914b-94c9043cb7ea.JPG"> <BR> cute deck-chair, huh? really comfy <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/200bc9a6-8341-49b9-b73b-696e52675e93.JPG"> <... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:41:18 EST Head for the hills! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978882 the path begins at the bottom of the hill, in a fern-filled woodland <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfafebbc-2660-430c-a066-d098296a1c59.JPG"> <BR> then gets into more of a rocky climb <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90b798f0-6d5f-4468-b4c9-3dfc7b9379ca.JPG"> <BR> then a place near the top, to stop in the sun and admire the view <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d22dc022-a9fd-4d3e-aee0-0ad5a7ffde49.JPG"> <BR> after a little snoo... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:09:47 EST Just do something! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978188 I feel blah today! Maybe I have some virus incubating - that is sometimes preceded by a dip in mood. I have a whole weekend free of work - so what is there to be blah about? <BR> <BR> I am facing a drop in salary - quite a large drop actually (around 30%) - so I'll be back to a low-income situation - which isn't fun. I've been 'acting up' as an assistant manger for the past 8 months - and that's come to an end. There is an option to apply for a manager's post - but I don't want it. I'... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:39:32 EST Lunch Break Adventure not working for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977917 Today's suggestion was just to do 'something' at lunch time. <BR> <BR> It just doesn't work in my work-place. I ate my lunch standing up in the kitchen with one ear open for the man I was looking after (who is nil-by-mouth). <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> This 'challenge' doesn't seem to be working very well for me. I've just read through the rest of the days - and it's just not stuff I can do at my work. So - I'm not going to continue. I'll find another challenge. <BR> <BR> This evening... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:39:28 EST Lunch Break Adventure - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977000 Today the recommendation is to book a pamper session in the lunch-break - a pedicure, haircut, massage. <BR> <BR> Well - that ain't gonna happen either! Does ANYONE work somewhere that allows them lunch-breaks these days? I suppose maybe a bank, or maybe in education, in the civil service perhaps. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I could take some foot-cream to work and give my feet a bit of attention at lunch-time - people might think I'm weird, but they might also think it's something they'd like to do... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:26:54 EST Lunch Break Adventure - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976703 Today's task was to 'step away from the computer!' <BR> <BR> I didn't get the chance to do this........... or maybe I didn't create the chance to do this? We'd been in a team meeting from 10am - 1.3pm - then I had the minutes to type up, and lots of staff around who wanted to talk to me about things - it seemed very busy. I didn't seem to be able to find a space for myself today. <BR> <BR> Never mind - some days I can, some days I can't. But this has reminded me that I need to be look... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:26:28 EST Lunch Break Adventure - Day 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976019 Here I go............. on another 30-day journey of self-improvement! <BR> <BR> Today the task was to 'take it outside' (lunch, that is!) and I did! I was working in an office today where people pop out to the shop for something to eat, then eat it back at the desk. I had my lunch with me - so (instead of taking time to pop to the shop) I said 'I'm just popping out for a few minutes' - and I took my lunch box out onto the decking and sat in a patch of sunshine to eat it. I watched the bu... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:17:39 EST Tip Top! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975361 I have completed the 30 day Balanced Life Challenge - and blogged about each day - I don't know that I've made any huge changes to my life - but the benefit of concentrating on one, self-improving, thing each day has been great. It helps me to simply keep Sparking! <BR> <BR> Next............I'm going to take on that 30 day lunch-break challenge that came up on Day 27 of the Balance Life Challenge - it's a Spark calendar <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?i... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:44:25 EST Day 29 of the 30 day Balanced Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974497 Today's advice is to become a multi-tasker. At first glance, this seems to go against all the other advice about paying attention to one thing at a time and not getting over-whelmed. However, what it's really talking about is finding opportunities to exercise! <BR> <BR> Like walking around whilst you're on the phone etc. <BR> <BR> Well, I can honestly say I'm good at this one already. Yesterday at work I did some seated yoga exercises (again) whilst I was sitting quietly in someone's roo... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 04:12:45 EST Stretching it a bit............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974007 Day 28 of the Balanced Life Challenge is to Stretch It Out! <BR> <BR> There's a link to a seated yoga routine - which I did, and enjoyed. <BR> <BR> I've been sitting at work much more than usual - I have more office-based tasks to do these days - and I have been feeling it. This little seated routine will be a nice one to work into my day. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> PS it's in my Favourites list if you're interested - or go to COMMUNITY/Challenge Central - and click on the Balan... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 05:11:59 EST what're you doing for lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973478 Today's Balanced Life Challenge is another of those that brought up a "that doesn't apply to me" reaction from me! I am SO wrong! <BR> <BR> It's called Revitalize Your Lunchbreak! My first thought was that I don't get a lunch-break. We don't have official breaks in my workplace - we just eat when we can, on the job. <BR> <BR> However, the article was linked to a Spark calendar for a 30-day focus on using the lunch break to do something a bit more life-affirming than just scoffing at th... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 02:35:23 EST Adventures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972928 Today's Balanced Life Challenge activity is to plan an adventure! <BR> <BR> Well, my first reaction to this was that it didn't apply to me. <BR> <BR> But........ over breakfast I thought of two mini-adventures that often cross my mind, that I never act on. <BR> <BR> One is to actually take one of those local boat trips to Seal Island - and be a holiday-maker in my own town! <BR> <BR> The other is sort of similar, but it's to take a day-trip over to the Scilly Isles. I could even book m... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 02:14:17 EST Live, Love - smell the roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972370 Today's Balanced Life Challenge task it to make an intention for the day. This one DID make me think. <BR> <BR> These days I tend to have no conscious intention other than getting through the day and sticking to my plan. It's true, I can just 'go through the motions'. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy my day, or have a sense of achievement at the end of it - but I'm not sure what the overall intention is, other than just 'surviving the day'! Hmmm........ <BR> <BR> I have several day bo... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 02:52:20 EST Me! Me! Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971762 Today's Balance Life Challenge is about making myself a priority. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> One of the benefits of living alone is that I can usually find quite a bit of time 'to myself'! <BR> But, joking apart, I have learnt to be pretty good about making sure I do something to nurture myself each day - even if it's just reading a good book on the bus to and from work. <BR> <BR> My latest self-affirming determination is to go for a 30 min walk after dinner every day (well, e... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 01:06:58 EST High Intensity........not for everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971142 Day 23 of the Balance Life Challenge invites me to consider HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)..... well, I'm not one for sweating or working out hard anyway.... I like running, or walking, or swimming, or yoga, or maybe a bit of stretching, toning, light weights - that kind of thing. I've always disliked those jumping about aerobic keep-fit sort of things - makes my head hurt! <BR> <BR> I did read the article - and it does say that it's not for everyone - it's for the already-fit and ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:16:39 EST Day 22 of the Balanced Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970586 Today's challenge is to DO something, like exercise, whilst watching TV. <BR> <BR> This totally doesn't apply to me, because I don't watch TV! I don't have a TV and I only occasionally watch something on catch-up; and then it's a sit-down-and-relax event. <BR> <BR> I will use exercise videos - but I don't think that's what they're talking about. They're talking about watching TV getting in the way of doing exercise. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 02:15:46 EST Treat Yourself. Who? Me? oh! OK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970255 Day 21 of the Balance Life Challenge is called 'Treat Yourself' <BR> <BR> It suggests that we can encourage ourselves by perhaps buying a new sports top, or a nice shower gel or a healthy food we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't need much encouragement to go and treat myself, but I was a bit unsure what I could buy that would really support my health/fitness journey! I ended up buying some refreshing foot balm - so that when I pamper my feet (after a run, of course!) I can ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:47:03 EST Friend or Foe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969539 Ooh, today's Balanced Life Challenge kind of shocked me, to be honest! Day 20 - and it's called 'Dump the Deadweight'. I thought it might be a continuation of yesterday's Clear the Clutter task - but no! It's about getting disassociating from people who bring you down. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> here's what it says:- <BR> "The people we surround ourselves with can make a huge impact on our lives--for better or for worse. Today, it's time to make some tough decisions. Pledge to stop interact... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:20:29 EST The Lost Gardens of Heligan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969223 Yesterday's day out at The Lost Gardens of Heligan were wonderful - such a lovely day. <BR> <BR> I loved the Jungle Garden - so lush! (Melissa - sorry you can't see these pictures - but these are very, very green !) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ceea9cc-f044-494f-ad02-d6a2ebf6dd8a.JPG"> <BR> The Mud Maiden is famous - and has to be photographed! She was worked in mud, cement and sand over a frame of wire and wood - then they cover them in yoghurt apparently, to enco... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:17:36 EST Out in the Open! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968379 Day 18 of the Balanced Life Challenge encourages us to get outside to exercise. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to be outdoors all day - I'm going to a lovely garden, called The Lost Gardens of Heligan, with two lovely friends. The plan is to have a picnic lunch, explore the gardens, have tea there, then we're watching a theatre performance (in a marquee) by a wonderful troupe called Kneehigh (there's all your googling info!) <BR> <BR> However, the weather is very unsettled at the moment - ye... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:18:58 EST Luddite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967751 Day 17 of the Balance Life Challenge is to 'Get Rid of Time-Wasters' <BR> <BR> it's about cutting down the amount of time we spend watching TV or on the internet - and the suggestion is to stay right away from it all today (unless you have to use it for work). <BR> <BR> Well, strangely enough, I've been pursuing a project like this for a few weeks' now: it's called Weekend Luddite (a habit described by Reinhard Engels on the everydaysystems website. The deal is, that at the weekends, I can... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:48:06 EST Thank You :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965768 It's Friday - it's been raining since yesterday evening and it's still going strong! It's 7.30am and still dark as night! Ergh! <BR> <BR> I'm going away for the weekend - leaving at midday - and have just made my packing list over a cup of coffee. Rain makes it all more ........... plastic! Lots of plastic bags round everything! <BR> <BR> That aside - I will be away from the computer for a couple of days - so I'll pause my Balanced Life Challenge for Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> Tod... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:47:03 EST Taking Time Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965536 Today's Balanced Life Challenge is about recognising our sources of stress, and learning to manage them. I feel like I've been doing quite well at this recently - and I do take quite a lot of 'me time' when I need it. <BR> <BR> When I clicked through to the day's article, I was immediately 'stressed' by the fact that it was six pages long! Most of it I have read before - usual stuff, eat well, exercise well, get enough sleep, timetable in quality time with yourself and others - you know t... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:22:27 EST shhhh....... she's sleeping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965214 Day 14 of the Balanced Life Challenge was about getting enough sleep - and all that wind-down routine stuff. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say I don't have a problem with this - I sleep whenever I can! And on work days that end late and start early, I come home, unpack my bag, clean my teeth - and get into bed! <BR> <BR> I am blessed not to have a sleep problem! And I'm not a night owl! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:43:42 EST Buddy Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964140 Encouragement to exercise with a friend is the message for Day 13 of the Balanced Life Challenge. <BR> <BR> Well, I do take up offers to do things like swimming, walking, with friends - but on an everyday basis I prefer to exercise alone. '..... and spending time with friends is crucial for a balanced life!' Well, yes, I'd agree with that. <BR> <BR> My best friend likes a yoga class, a dance class, choir, art classes and French lessons. I like running, swimming, Cornish, hiking, and Budd... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:14:45 EST I love Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963542 Day 12 of the Balanced Life Challenge is 'Get Socially Inspired' <BR> <BR> I already do this - I get a lot of inspiration from twitter - but most of all from the Spark People community. Twitter is a launch-pad for links - and I often get inspired to do something different as a result. <BR> <BR> I follow Spark People on twitter, of course, but I don't often go over onto Pinterest. The Spark People Pinterest boards are well-organised and inspirational - I'll definitely go there from time-to... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 03:03:15 EST Stop Complaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963037 Today's mission for the Balanced Life Challange is to Create a 'Complaint-Free Zone!' <BR> <BR> This is an excellent one for me today, as I (a) have to go to work and (b) feel a bit grumpy (stuffed up nose/headache). <BR> <BR> So - I've read the article on how much better optimists fare healthwise - and I'm going to make a BIG effort today to keep my grumpy self amused by looking at the bright side of everything! <BR> <BR> This is how optimisists do it: <BR> <BR> They think about, ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:11:16 EST What time is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962550 Day 10 of the Balanced Life Challenge is called 'Switch Your Schedule'. <BR> <BR> I guess what their getting at is (a) not getting stuck in a rut and (b) being flexible about when to exercise. It's also about experimenting and testing the edges. <BR> <BR> I do prefer to exercise first thing in the morning - if I catch it then, it's done! If I don't catch it then, it might not get done! That's true for me certainly. <BR> <BR> I have occasionally run in the evening - and it did surprise... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:53:30 EST Communication Curfew - Balanced Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962259 Day 9 of the Balanced Life Challenge is to set up a 'Communication Curfew'. <BR> <BR> By this they mean turning off the computer and phone an hour or two before going to bed - to wind down properly and sleep better. <BR> <BR> Mystically, I've just begun doing something along these lines. From the Everyday Systems website (associated with the NoS diet) - it's called 'Weekend Luddite'. I'm applying this in two different ways:- <BR> <BR> (1) during the week I am not allowing myself to go on... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:35 EST Variety is the spice of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962047 The 8th mission on the Balanced Life Challenge is to go 'Round The World' - by this they mean trying out new exercise machines in the gym - doing something different. <BR> <BR> I don't go to the gym - but I do already put a lot of variety into my exercise routines - thanks to Spark People's wonderful library of exercise videos. <BR> <BR> Variety comes naturally to me - so this, at least, I do have in balance! <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 01:20:46 EST Look on the bright side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961013 <em>335</em> Always <BR> <em>335</em> Look on <BR> <em>335</em> the bright side <BR> <em>335</em> of life <BR> <BR> Today's Balanced Life Challenge task is to focus on gratitude <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1541 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been doing something like this for a while now - I have a small notebook by my bed, and before I go to sleep I write down 5 things that I've done well; this was to boost my self-confidence. However, I am n... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:38:41 EST How many pedometers have you lost?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960706 Today's task for the Balanced Life Challenge was to look into fitness trackers. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not really someone who wants to track my every breath and move - although I can see the value in them. I do make a note every day of what exercise I've done (over and above my everyday walking - which is substantial as I don't have a car). <BR> <BR> I did google the things - considered them. The only thing that appeals to me is a pedometer, but I've had several of the things in the past a... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:55:58 EST Connect with my inner child? where is she? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960092 Today's task for the Balanced Life Challenge was to 'connect with your inner child'. By this, they meant join an amateur sports league of some kind. <BR> <BR> I'm really not interested in joining any sports leagues - I work irregular hours anyway and it makes it very hard to belong to any regular group activity. I've never been into team games to be honest - and I feel too old (sorry, but I do) to start now. Basically, I don't have the inclination to do this. I don't want to play golf ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:55:41 EST Some photos from yesterday's walk and Balanced Life Day 4 - read a book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959554 Hooray - the photos are uploading today! These are all various mine ruins on the Great Flat Lode which is one of the trails on the Mineral Tramways in Cornwall. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdc3a3b0-c708-4812-bc42-c823accc5d07.JPG"> <BR> from the trail, looking towards King Edwards Mine in the distance (I think!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e991d9c-cc24-4a85-b0c8-dd59cb21d743.JPG"> <BR> Cooks Kitchen Mine <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:29:35 EST The Mineral Tramways - UNESCO World Heritage Site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959100 I didn't go to the beach today after all! <BR> <BR> I went to bed at 8.30pm last night, and woke at around 7.30am! I was exhausted. I had a sort of sinus-stuffy head when I woke, and felt flimsy, so I decided not to go swimming. I did do 14 mins of core and resistance band exercises though. <BR> <BR> I made some Chia 'doughnuts' for breakfast (recipe at the end of this blog because I know some of you will ask!) - and whilst they were in the oven I popped down to the shops and bought s... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:56:57 EST Ditch Distractions for a Balanced Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958650 After yesterday's challenge, I have unsubscribed from several emails - it's a start! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to eat without distractions. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was pretty good - I did have the radio on and listened to the news. <BR> Lunch was as good as I could get it; I ate it standing up in the kitchen at work, talking to a colleague - I don't get a meal break. <BR> Dinner was good - I sat at the table, still had the radio on - but no reading or computing. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am go... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:15:55 EST A new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958196 Sparked by a Spark Friend, Jennie, the other day - I decided to have a go at one of the new 30-day challenges: Balanced Life. <BR> <BR> Day 1's task was to write down what I feel is unbalance about my life at the moment. Here's a summary of what came up for me: <BR> <BR> Work takes up a lot of my time. <BR> I 'forget' to do other things I enjoy: Cornish language, knitting, swimming, exploring <BR> I am not spending as much time as I'd like to on my spiritual practice <BR> My garden overw... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 17:01:35 EST Walk while you wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957317 I managed to get off work early yesterday - at 5.30pm instead of 6.30pm. But then managed to miss the 5.50pm bus - and was faced with an hour's wait for the next one at 6.50pm. So I decided to walk along the coast path and catch the bus at another stop along the line. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb7cf2c9-248c-4a4e-b95d-b48e99353a31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> About half an hour into my walk it started raining - and because it was very windy - it drove into the backs of ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 05:23:55 EST A lovely day out in the woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955841 Today I took the day off from everything. I got a bus which runs along the north coast in the summer months - and the driver kindly dropped me off at the north gate of the country park I was going to walk in. I live by the sea, and there aren't many woods in Cornwall at all - in fact, I think Tehidy might be the only one! <BR> <BR> It was a lovely day for a walk - sunny and not too hot. We did have a sudden, torrential, downpour - and I sheltered under a tree! A couple of claps of thund... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:14:33 EST Monday 29th June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952759 Just a short blog to check-in as it's over a week since I posted a new blog. <BR> <BR> Things are going well for me with the NoS diet - and I'm posting what I am eating in my Community Journal (so if you're curious you can look there). The Saturday and Sunday eating includes snacks, sweets and stuff - so no telling me off - it's part of the plan! <BR> <BR> I'm finding that it's hardest for me to keep up a regular running, strength-training routine - work schedules, and being 'tired' are... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:13:30 EST Getting the right combo - for me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947821 We all have our different ways of managing our quest for health and fitness - and one of the things I love about Spark People is that they are pretty much ALL represented on this site. <BR> <BR> I am currently following three main pathways - I found my way to each of them via Spark People. <BR> <BR> I am tackling the fundamental issues of emotional eating/how I relate to food, with the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle team - this is material written by Linda Spangle which I hav... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:43:25 EST Sort Out Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944780 I expected my 10 days' off from work to be a period of calm in which I could sort myself out. But, the complete opposite seems to have happened; it's like I let go of all the strings and I feel like I just unravelled! I woke this morning feeling exhausted! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did some work from Linda Spangle's book Life is Hard, Food is Easy (Chapter 4) - and I nearly gave up on it - it felt 'too hard' to do! One of the activities was to think of my strengths; she suggests three catego... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:40:15 EST A few photos from my son's wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944343 I didn't manage to take many good photos on the day - there was a professional photographer who has taken some great photos - and perhaps I will be able to share some of them - I think they're copyrighted, so don't think I can just have them! <BR> <BR> I was pleased with my outfit - it was comfortable, appropriate, pretty - and the best thing was that my son said "aw, you look lovely" - that was the icing on my cake! The photos don't do me justice really - the dress was quite a light fabric... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:51:45 EST Taking time for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931990 I finished work at 9am today. Often, after a sleep-in shift, I just get the bus home, and kind of flop for the rest of the day. But today I had an arrangement to visit someone at 11.30am, so I stayed in town. <BR> <BR> First I went to Costa and got a plain coffee with soya milk. I avoided the temptations of wall-to-wall sugar/fat/flour offerings! <BR> <BR> I took my coffee to the beach, and sat there for about an hour, knitting, chilling, listening to the sea. There was a crowd of p... Thu, 21 May 2015 12:10:29 EST What DID I actually eat today 17th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929663 This is the last of my 4 weeks of food journal blogging. I am going to continue to track my food in this way, but use the Community Journal. So, if it interests you, you can find me there by clicking on the community journal link above my profile picture. <BR> <BR> Today was a lovely, lovely day - I feel like I've had a mini-holiday! <BR> <BR> 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) no plan <BR> 2)2 x... Sun, 17 May 2015 14:55:47 EST What DID I actually eat today 16th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929163 I can't believe that THREE days have slipped by without blogging my daily food - how did THAT happen? Work got in the way? <BR> <BR> Summary 14th May - low nutritional content really - toast, chocolate, a shop-bought cheese, mayo, salad wrap, oatcakes, Doritos, bread, cup cake. I was out all day - and evening - ended up buying lunch in a small store, and didn't have time for dinner, so had oatcakes and peanut butter, then a cup cake at the event I went to. I didn't Over-Eat, but I had too... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:16:24 EST What DID I actually eat today 13th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927851 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not actually food <BR> <BR> Breakfast (6am) <BR> 1)Porridge, raisins, sunflower seeds <BR> 2)Porridge, raisins, sunflower seeds <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack (9.30am) <BR> 1)grapes <BR> 2)wasabi peas (50g) <BR> <BR> Late-morning snack(11.30am) <BR> 1)nothing <BR> 2) <BR> 3)mint licorice stick; mint & cacao protein ball <BR> <BR> Lunch (1.30pm) <BR> 1)wrap with red bean, artichoke, spring onion, mint, hotsauce... Thu, 14 May 2015 04:06:03 EST What DID I actually eat today 12th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926972 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 (6am) <BR> 1)4 xRyvita, nut butter, orange <BR> 2)4 xRyvita, nut butter <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack (10am) <BR> 1) Date bread <BR> 2) Date bread <BR> <BR> Late-morning snack (11.45am) <BR> 1)nothing <BR> 2)banana <BR> <BR> Lunch (1.30pm) <BR> 1)'Cheeze' (tofu/chickpea pate), celery, carrot, 2 x Ryvita, Banana <BR> 2)'Cheeze', celery, carrot, 2 x Ryvita <BR> <BR> Mid-afte... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:20:56 EST What DID I actually eat today 11th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926420 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 (6am) <BR> 1)Quinoa pops, apple, vegan yoghurt, oatly <BR> 2)as above! <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack (10am) <BR> 1)2 x choc chip cookies (homemade, vegan-style) <BR> 2)as above, plus a decaff coffee from the local cafe to drink on the bus (between work places) <BR> <BR> Lunch: (1pm) <BR> 1)Mexican Bean wrap with leaves. 10g 85% dark choc <BR> 2) as above <BR> <BR> Mid-aft... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:49:11 EST