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/ We all know our own 'bits' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338149 I'm fortunate in that my weight has always been in the 'normal' range. I've been at the top of that range, for sure, and even at the middle of that range, mostly. <BR> <BR> The less good thing about this, is that there is very little support for losing 'fat' when you're not obviously heavy. So, my attempts have been hampered with 'You don't need to lose weight!' or 'You're skinny!' or 'Don't be silly, you're not fat!' etc etc. If you've been in the same place, you'll know what I mean. <B... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:27:44 EST Put the Kettle On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337672 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/770c172d-a293-496c-8787-6bc435eccc9d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I don't usually post anything political or religious, but after the incident in central London yesterday, I felt I wanted to say something. Things get reported all around the World with different images and messages and slants. We are such an 'under-stated' kind of a nation - and we are renowned for being able to make fun of ourselves. <BR> <BR> All over London this morning, as people make... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:33:57 EST Runnin' Wild! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335671 I'm a bit of a runner.......... one of those kind of 5k/30min sort of runners who wonders whether she's 'really' a runner! I'm currently doing a running training programme which throws something different at my body each day for 30 days. The theory is that your body gets used to doing the same old thing - even if that same old thing is regularly running 5k/30mins. It's still worth doing, but your body kind of relaxes into it with a sort of 'oh, I can do that!' kind of a way - and to kick t... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:54:10 EST WARNING! Easter straight ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c3e58af-66aa-4f41-855e-1f158d7eac07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yup - it's wall-to-wall chocolate in the shops right now - plus a lot of shiny paper, glittery embellishments, gold lettering, sweet chicks and bunnies with little ribbons round their necks. From the GIANT eggs, to the little 'treats' - it's chocolate time folks! It'll be in our faces from now until Easter Day - and then after Easter Day it'll be in our faces at knock-down prices!!!! eek! ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:53:00 EST Homemade snacks for the weekend (photos of yummy food - trigger warning!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334296 I use a system called the No S Diet. I've been following this system for coming up for 2 years now, and it suits me really well. It doesn't suit everyone, but for me, it's turned out to be the thing I'd been searching for! I've lost about a stone (14lbs) in weight, slowly and surely over the past 20 months. <BR> <BR> One of the features of the No S Diet is that during the week (Monday - Friday) I eat three meals a day, with No Snacks, No Sweets, No Seconds. <BR> <BR> This didn't happen... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:32:05 EST Improbable Savoury Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328811 I'm posting this blog mainly so I can share the results of my cooking experiment with MINNIE! <BR> <BR> This month I am experimenting in eating one low-carb meal a day (cutting out the flour-based items like pastry, pasta, breads - also potatoes and rice). After searching around for some recipes, I came across these savoury muffins, whose ingredients sounded quite improbable to me! <BR> <BR> I cooked them in silicone muffin cases which worked a treat. The recipe made 6, and they are very fi... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:56:32 EST A walk along Mounts Bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327670 My day started early - on the bus at 6.30am, then a walk from Long Rock to Marazion to get a second bus to go to Park Run at Helston. This walk has been in the dark for the past few months - but now that Spring is on the way, the days getting longer, dawn has actually broken by the time I get to Long Rock. <BR> <BR> After walking for about a mile, I turn a corner and see Marazion ahead of me. I took a photo of this bush to show how strong the prevailing winds are here! That little brigh... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 10:15:55 EST A walk around the bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327097 Today began with a grey, grey sky and rain. I had planned an adventure - but it didn't seem appealing if I was going to have to wear waterproofs from head-to-toe and keep wiping my glasses. So - I reconsidered............. I did want to get some 'outdoors' exercise, both for my body and for my mind and spirit. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3607e423-2670-4d80-ae2d-f01636c8c41b.jpeg"> <BR> So, I decided to get the bus about 4 miles down the road, then walk back along ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:14:15 EST My March dietary challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323360 I've been jogging along quite nicely on the No S diet (check out the team on Spark if you're curious) - which is 3 meals a day, no snacks, no seconds, no sweets, except at weekends and on special occasions. This system automatically cuts out a lot of sugar from my diet, and I find I'm eating less and less sugar at the weekends too. <BR> <BR> I eat a mainly vegan diet, with very occasional dairy cheese, and perhaps a slice of birthday cake that might contain eggs and butter. <BR> <BR> M... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 10:47:35 EST A walk out to Trevega Cliff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322766 We've been experiencing pretty abysmal weather here lately - hail storms that caused accidents on the roads, rain that has flooded fields, wind that has caused damage......... it's not as bad as some parts of the country, or the World - but it's enough to slow things right down. <BR> <BR> However, today was the first proper day of my week's leave from work - and I wanted to do SOMETHING with it! So, when the rain stopped, I decided I'd risk a walk out to Trevega Cliff. This is one of my... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:19:34 EST Measuring Equipment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321626 My Spark Buddy - BDTHOM - has posted a great blog about tracking/measuring/scales/cups tools etc. Tracking is a key feature of Spark People, and the 5% Challenges and such-like, encourage people to do this. Cooking for one person is a challenge for trackers - his blog makes a good read. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321434 </link> <BR> <BR> In the spirit of sharing - here are my tools! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:25:25 EST A Wonderful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320914 Today was a day off work for me, and it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> First, I met up with a cousin that I haven't seen since we were toddlers! She was on holiday down here with her husband and teenage daughter. We 'clicked' and really enjoyed our meet-up. <BR> <BR> Second, I walked 3 miles along the beach on a perfect day - the sun came out, the tide was going out (which made the walk safe), and the surf was quite spectacular due to the recent stormy weather. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:27:25 EST More than just running........ OK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318770 I'm 62. I'm a healthy weight. I take no medication. I'm pretty fit and strong. <BR> <BR> I run three or four times a week, and am getting stronger doing that. I do yoga whenever I can, and I'm getting stronger and more flexible doing that. But I've always kept well-away from those 'Go for the Burn!' and 'Shredder' and 'Boot Camp' kind of exercises - I don't like the gym environment or the noisy aerobics/body pump type classes. I'm a loner! <BR> <BR> I've got a couple of books on weight... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:34:46 EST Busted Baking! Stress-busting challenge 28/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318219 Well, thanks to everyone who read and commented on my last blog about an experiment in timing. Seems like we all pretty much agree - it we don't want to find ourselves eating it, we just have to give up baking it! Sad, but true! <BR> <BR> I've finished the Stress-busting Challenge. I'm not sure that I learnt much this time around, but it was good to be reminded of things that help manage stress. <BR> <BR> I feel less stressed - I also feel like I need to sleep for a week! Ha! As a Cha... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:50:00 EST An experiment in timing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317389 For the last few weeks, I have baked some Peanut Granola Bars on a Friday evening - for the weekend. I'm 'allowed' to have sweet treats at the weekend (No S diet) and I enjoy having these healthy-bake granola bars to take to work with me for a mid-afternoon snack, or to take to Park Run with me for after-run fuel with a coffee from my flask. <BR> <BR> I'm not usually a batch-cooker, or a baker - and I find having sweet/baked products in the kitchen very hard to resist; so I don't usually ha... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:20:51 EST Stress-busting Challenge 25/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317040 I had a lovely stress-busting kind of a day today (lucky me! yes, I know, and I appreciate it!) <BR> <BR> I spent time with my friend, I walked on the beach, I was able to share stories with my friend (happy and sad), I did some craft work. All great stress-busters. <BR> <BR> First we took the winter shutters off the big window in the chalet. It's closed up in the winter, and open to visitors from April - October, but we can use it in the daytime. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:11:15 EST Choose Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a66fb70e-9ce5-4dcc-ab1f-b60d4e9d4696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure that I was first introduced to the Brave Girls Club by someone here on Spark - sorry, can't remember who/when - but I get a daily email with uplifting and inspirational messages from them. Today's was particularly lovely - it was about the importance of self-love/self-care. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dea4e8c4-9636-4a6b-bb3f-f3509adfea7d.jpg"> <BR>... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:31:35 EST It was a good day to stay home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314945 We've had a strong North-Easterly wind here for the past few days and although the temperature has been officially about 5C it's felt more like 1C. We're not used to being cold here - so we feel - cold! <BR> <BR> This is a video taken today of a visiting lifeboat leaving the harbour and setting out across St Ives' Bay - showing how the wind is affecting the sea around here. I though some of you might like to see it. It was definitely the right decision to stay home today - and I really ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:52:06 EST Be Prepared - Valentines Brownie (raw) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314428 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e72bcea7-d8b4-466f-ac5e-c59699279b6d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Does it look like a heart? A bit? I am working on Valentine's evening, and I thought I'd be prepared and make myself a chocolatey bit of something. I decided against buying heart-shaped chocolates (I did consider it......) and made myself a batch of raw brownies (the recipe I used says this is enough for 4 brownies - and 1 serving is considered to be 2 brownies) <BR> <BR> I know you'll as... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:42:16 EST Stress-busting Challenge 21/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314283 What are you doing this weekend? I'm looking forward to having a rest (from work)! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e44927b-2e3b-45be-a700-813b0d1e19ab.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Tiredness is a major factor in stress-busting - the more tired we are, the less able we are to manage our stress-levels. I've blogged about this a bit before in relation to 'will-power' - that the brain seems to get tired of generating will-power after a time....... and it's the same with stress-manage... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:15:17 EST Stress-busting Challenge 20/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314063 Not having enough money is stressful. Not having an emergency fund is stressful. <BR> <BR> But if I don't bother to budget, then those two things become even more stressful. <BR> <BR> At the moment I'm in a good, self-disciplined phase - I hope it lasts! I budget for the month. What I haven't got, I can't spend. I know a lot of people budget hard - it's always been hard for me to stick to it without feeling deprived, then rebelling! Every month, some of my money would go on books from Am... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:01:32 EST St Ives Feast Day video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313223 Here's a video of St Ives Feast Day which I took part in on Monday. There are a few glimpses of me, playing the recorder with the band. You can tell how cold it is by how the police are wrapped up! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH-RseSlP2o </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 05:58:23 EST Stress-busting Challenge 18/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312962 I know I am not alone in finding great peace and pleasure in taking some time to just sit on my doorstep with my coffee first thing in the morning. With or without a religious practice, this peaceful 15 mins before the day starts is a great stress-defence technique. <BR> <BR> These cold mornings, I wear several layers, and shroud myself in a blanket, whilst wrapping my hands round my big breakfast mug to keep myself warm. <BR> <BR> Some mornings the most obvious sound is the 'morning flock... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:33:18 EST Stress-busting Challenge 16/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311561 Today is St Ives Feast Day! <BR> <BR> It's raining, and blowing a gale, and cold......... fun? well, yes! <BR> <BR> We dress up in funny clothes - black & white with hats decorated with ivy - and parade through the town, along the Wharf, and round to an ancient well, where a silver ball is blessed. This commemorates the supposed arrival of an early Christian, Saint Eia, from Ireland - washed ashore on a leaf (or something like that!). Then we parade all the way back to the parish church... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 06:22:50 EST Stress-busting Challenge 15/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311230 Somehow I have missed a few days' blogging about this Challenge - I thought it was Day 14, but apparently it's Day 15. Oh well. It's week 3 and I'm not sure how much there is for me to learn about this - but it has been helpful to revise my knowledge and re-adjust some things. <BR> <BR> One of the lessons for this week is to pre-empt stress. This follows on from keeping a stress-journal and noting what things cause us stress. I have got much, much better at this. I used to try to pack a... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 14:09:03 EST Today's Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310727 Thanks to other people taking photos, I am able to share some with you. I go to Park Run on my own, and am not in any group of family, friends, clubs etc, so often get missed out of photos. Today the photographer was asking 'do you want a photo?' and I said 'yes, please!' and struck a 'power pose'! Now, does this look like a stressed Sparker? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99bbfe68-1ccb-4943-88fe-5ac271685eab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can see myself in lots of the photos ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 13:25:12 EST Stress-busting Challenge 13/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310482 I am very fortunate to be able to run, and enjoy running. This was posted on twitter this morning by Kyle Kranz, running coach. <BR> <BR> "Running is the most active form of relaxation." <BR> <em>525</em> <BR> Sometimes I feel like I could run forever! I used to wonder if I was just 'running away' from things I really should be doing - then I noticed the 'should' word and decided I was doing my mental and physical health good by running - whatever the motivation! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 01:07:50 EST Stress-busting Challenge 11/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309725 I've had a busy week work-wise, and even though that leaves me with very little time, I've learned that prioritizing two healthy-habits has helped me to feel less 'ragged'! <BR> <BR> Those two things are nothing secret: first - planning my meals, and having three nutritious meals a day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e90f10c4-7333-42ac-98c7-e90be089846a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Second - going to bed! If I get home late in the evening - I don't do anything apart from get r... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:55:09 EST Stress-busting Challenge 9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308600 I think I might have already mentioned this, but in exploring the related articles that came up when I was reading the recommended ones, I came across Ellen Goldman's blogs and found them really helpful. (if you put Ellen%20Goldman into the search box on Spark People, you'll get a list of all her articles). <BR> <BR> Last night I got myself stressed out about something, and woke up feeling stressed about it. I did all the things I usually do to de-stress - I exercised, I had some mindful t... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:16:37 EST Stress-busting Challenge 8/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307698 Week Two of the Stress-busting Challenge invites me to find at least two stress-reducing techniques to build into my day on a regular basis. The link is to this article (which I've seen before, and you may have too) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=185 </link> <BR> <BR> There are seven suggestions which are temptingly neat to fit into a week of blogging! <BR> <BR> 1 - take a walk <BR> 2 - call a friend <BR> 3 - write in a journal <BR> 4 - pla... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:08:57 EST Stress-busting Challenge 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307045 I'm posting early today because I have to go to work, and won't be home until Monday mid-morning. <BR> <BR> Last day of Week 1 of the Stress-busting Challenge. This week I've been taking a closer look at each of the items that scored lowest for me in the Week 1 stress quiz. <BR> <BR> One of these is have a relative, who can offer support, living within 50 miles. <BR> <BR> Well, no, I don't. And a lot of people don't, I know. And even if you have relatives living close by, they're not a... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 03:09:58 EST Stress-busting Challeng 6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306819 I've maintained a low level of caffeine all week so far - today I only had 1 tea and 1 mocha (decaff coffee with cocoa) - so, seems that, for now, 2 caffeine drinks a day is manageable for me. <BR> <BR> I was at work all day today - and it was harder to spot the fun, but I did have a laugh, and I enjoyed reading my library book on the bus, and I'm listening to my favourite music programme on the radio right now. I also started my day with some yoga which was quite fun too. I'm going to wa... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:24:46 EST Stress-busting Challeng 5/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306108 The next thing on my stress-busting list was having a strong network of friends <BR> <BR> I scored myself low on this one, because I don't feel I do have a 'strong network of friends'. I am a bit fussy about how I use the word 'friend' (not including the special kind of 'friends' I have here on Spark People) - and I kind of think of a real friend as someone you could call on in a time of need, someone who would probably let you sleep on their sofa, drive you to the hospital, come to your bi... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:06 EST Stress-busting Challenge 4/28 & more musing on habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305574 I managed with 2 caffeine drinks yesterday: 1 coffee/mocha, and 1 black tea. Cool, eh! <BR> <BR> Today I already had 2 coffee's at my friend's house today - so one tea left for this afternoon (have to watch it when at someone else's house) <BR> <BR> I had some great fun today! Firstly I went out for a run in a gale-force wind - it was really crazy-fun, like flying at times! Secondly, I enjoyed 3 hours chatting, laughing, studying, with a friend. So that will be another sticker on my cale... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:52:23 EST Stress-busting Challenge 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305036 Well, yesterday I managed just 2 caffeine drinks - one black tea, one hot chocolate. So, 2 a day seems manageable for me (under 3 is the recommendation!). I just need to keep paying attention. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the comments on the 'fun' blog - everyone has their own interpretation of 'fun' - so my conclusion is that it is a very subjective experience. Several people mentioned children - and I know that I get quite a lot of vicarious fun via my son and daughter-in-law; I delight ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:14:00 EST Stress-busting Challenge 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304171 Yesterday I had just two cups of black tea - the other drinks were either decaff coffee or herb tea - I only managed about 1.5 cups of water. So, I'll keep keeping a watch on this one. I'm starting my day with a big mug of decaff coffee today. I'm working until 10pm, so my late-shift treat is to have a cup of hot-chocolate around 9pm. So - aim for a caffeine max of 2 teas and a hot chocolate today. <BR> <BR> The next thing on my stress-busting list is: Do at least one fun thing a week. ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:14:29 EST Stress-busting Challenge 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303479 I've joined the Stress-Busting Challenge (again - it might be the third time). I had been de-cluttering my old blogs, and saw that I'd done this Challenge, and it seemed like I made quite a bit of progress doing it - so I thought I'd repeat the experience. I had to do a 'search' for it as it's an original Spark challenge (not one of the current, commercially sponsored, ones) and hidden from view - but easily found it you use the 'search' tool. <BR> <BR> So - the first thing is to do the Qu... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:11:52 EST January 22nd - Xmas re-visited (Vegan Hot Buttered Rum) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302998 This blog is mostly for my Spark Friend POOKIE also NEWCAZ - both feeling bleah today. Something like a Hot Toddy is not an unwelcome thing when you have a cold/bug. <BR> <BR> It's one of those sort of Sundays and I felt like a bit of cheer! I'm not a regular 'drinker' so this is a big, and very occasional, treat! I really wanted some kind of 'hug in a mug' after my salad lunch! <BR> <BR> The recipe came from a website called It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken - a vegan blog. <BR> <link>www.... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:45:33 EST Park Run Hilarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302911 If you know me, you know that I regularly go to my local Park Run event, which is a free, timed, 5k run on a Saturday morning - open to all: walk, jog, run, buggies, dogs etc. My sister sent me this link to a video posted on facebook - it had me crying with laughter so I thought I'd try sharing it here - just thinking about it makes me laugh again! <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/RunningAndWorkoutTi<BR>ps/videos/1829461987266592/ </link> <BR> I'm not 'on' Facebook, but could still watc... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:48:02 EST January 21st - It's a brain thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302454 Since discovering the No S diet a couple of years' ago now, I've been fascinated to discover how powerful the concepts of habit formation are. <BR> <BR> With the No S diet, this is a habit of only eating three times a day on weekdays - with 'treats' allowed at the weekends (this is a simplification of the system - but it's how I think of it - and simple is key to its success). This removes (most of) the cues for snacking Monday to Friday - which is HUGE! The reward is my feeling of self-... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:33:32 EST January 18th - things happen in threes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300741 There is a saying that things happen in threes - not sure where that saying comes from, but it's a well-used saying! I certainly felt that I had three things today - or perhaps I was just looking for things to 'count' as one of my 'three' - each was resolved in some way. <BR> <BR> First thing was my sweet second-hand MacBook decided to take the day off - just wouldn't boot up. OK - so I have my PC, so not cut off from the world, but is a bit lumbering (shhh, don't let it hear me say that!)... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:13:06 EST January 17th - books, apples, and trainers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300032 Well, just when I was thinking that my January theme was a bit lacking in substance - I notice a big box in the vestibule of the library asking for books, for a money-raising event. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> Today, I went through my book-case and filled quite a large bag with books that I no longer need to have in my life!. The large bag (which I love) is also starting to look tatty - and that might get thrown out too (it's a hessian shopper from a local health-food store, with a pl... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:39:45 EST Freecycle, Goodwill, Not-ironing etc reply to yesterday's blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296437 I was surprised by all the comments on my new iron blog yesterday. I found I needed to make several replies, so forgive me if I put them all together here! <BR> <BR> Freecycle <BR> <BR> Yes, I belong to my local Freecycle group - I tend to make offers more than requests. Freecycle can also be tricky in terms of transporting items - things like irons rarely come up here - it's usually larger items. I also belong to another skills-sharing site where you can borrow tools and skills from eac... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:32:14 EST January 11th - pressing situation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295857 Well, I had a feeling January would be about de-cluttering, and I knew I would need a new iron sooner or later - but I didn't expect it to fall apart whilst I was ironing! The bottom plate fell off - and the inside is...... well, completely corroded and caput! <BR> <BR> I suddenly realised that an iron was actually an essential item in my life - so I've sacrificed my mobile top-up money to purchase a new iron! Click and collect this afternoon on my way to work from the Argos shop in the tow... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:22:40 EST January 9th - sweet inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294680 I enjoyed a lovely sweet potato which I'd cooked in my slow cooker today - it was soft, buttery, delicious. As I have a bag of sweet potatoes this week, I've been noticing sweet potato recipes. I aim to be mainly vegan - so these both recipes are both vegan - both recipes I am going to try! <BR> <BR> Enjoy these two short cooking videos - sharing the sweet inspiration! <BR> <BR> Sweet potato flatbread - two ingredients - really clear demonstration video <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watc... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:50:55 EST January 8th - cleaning & connecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293902 I started my Sunday with a leisurely run out into the countryside - it is winter, but not too cold here, in fact the sun came out to encourage me. There was low cloud over the hills, but it drifted out to sea, and didn't descend on me (that would have been cold!). <BR> <BR> When I got home I made some fresh coffee and did an exercise routine for strength & mobility for runners (on You Tube - Kyle Kranz). I managed a shower - then it was pretty much time for lunch! Funny how days off go fa... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:40:46 EST January 7th - Shock Absorbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293118 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a947c28f-0239-440a-8a75-92b1d6cb34ad.JPG"> <BR> mystery object?! <BR> <BR> Today's clutter-clearing celebration was tossing out my well-worn sports bra! The elastic is now slack, and it's frankly too big for me! I bought a new one - and, gosh, what a difference! Now that I'm a 'real' runner, I feel justified in buying 'real' equipment! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f2152eb-df9d-4d7e-bd08-e5cca1d5b4b0.JPG"> <BR>... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:00:43 EST January 5th - Penny Sale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291877 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9a7f80e-0b02-4ee3-ab61-d2811c74e09a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I've been shopping again! For those of you who have followed me for a while, you'll know that I'm on a low income and a tight budget..... and have a savings goal. Spending money is currently being micro-managed, and the savings are happening, which is amazing! <BR> <BR> This month I have bought a new Thermos, a new sports bra, and today I bought some SUPERFOOD <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:46:43 EST January 4th - goodbye old thermos flask! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291183 I have enjoyed the use of a very old Thermos flask for years - it's old, has a slightly broken neck, hard-cased. This month I decided to get myself a new Thermos flask - it's a soft-shell case, a modern design with a twist-and-pour lid, a little chamber for storing things (coffee, tea, creamer maybe) and has a nice size mug. It's just 500 ml, so about the right size for me to carry in my bag. <BR> <BR> I had another, large, Thermos too - unbreakable kind with metal liner - but I never use... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:57:36 EST Back to normal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290079 Monday, 2nd January was the first NORMAL eating day I've had since before Xmas really. Every single day (pretty much) had been basically OK, but then snookered by a few chocolates here, a few cookies there - dipping my hands into those left-over tubs of chocolates at work. Then the social events post-Xmas that also involved party foods. That, plus tiredness, really wore me down over the last 2-3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm taking a fresh look at Xmas 2017 - and considering how I can navigate m... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 04:38:47 EST