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/ The Twenty-third Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfe14219-b237-437f-90bb-ad6c38a91290.jpg"> <BR> "It's a chilli, Jim, but not as we know it." <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/009d3266-c3be-4e60-80cf-b12bfc42c5ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My chilli is basically a vegetable and black bean mixture with chilli, paprika, cinnamon, cocoa, garlic (lots - I didn't have any yesterday out of consideration for my dentist who I saw today!) <BR> <BR> Reckon dessert will be this lonely apple ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:42:59 EST The Twenty-second Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454706 Today went well. Breakfast (at work around 10am) was a no-bake oatmeal breakfast bar, a few raw nuts, and an apple. <BR> <BR> Lunch (around 1pm) was quite substantial: sesame Ryvita with vegan pate (yeast-based), a Little Gem lettuce, a small banana, and a Nakd Bar (Lemon Drizzle). <BR> <BR> In the afternoon I went for a really nice, special, coffee at Costa with a lady I support. They've started doing coconut milk - so I had a coconut flat white, which was delicious! Coconut milk is qu... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:17:54 EST The Twenty-first Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454241 The home-made choco-mint ball was great. Although while I was at work and the Bounce Ball was in my bag, my mind kept going to it - so in the end I gave it to a work colleague to get it away from temptation! Phew! <BR> <BR> I also made a little bit of trail mix tto take with me last night - and that was better than I expected – just what I had: a few goji, cranberry, apricot, walnuts, coconut curls - it was nice to pick at it, and chew the dried fruit stuff - coconut is so sweet! <BR> <B... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:56:53 EST The Twentieth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453700 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dee559d-1fc8-48a5-9c34-b86ee6490088.png"> <BR> The new challenges are colourful and motivational - they are like an enhanced version of Spark Streaks really, based on the Fast Break goals. The initiative is to engage the wider community - you don't have to be signed up to Spark People to join in . They are encouraging participation via Facebook etc. It's appropriate for the age we currently live in, I think. <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeopl... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:16:19 EST The Nineteenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453541 I ate my curry this evening before I remembered about taking a photo - so you've been spared! <BR> <BR> It was a curry full of veggies, with some raw peanuts mixed in, and some poppadoms on the side. Nice. <BR> <BR> I was OK today - my breakfast (at work) wasn't eaten until about 11am - breakfast bar, apple, a few walnuts. <BR> <BR> Lunch (at work) was eaten about 2.30pm - gluten-free roll with Marmite and peanut butter, a Little Gem lettuce, a Nakd bar, a clemantine, some roasted, salte... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:36:48 EST The Eighteenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453113 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd8cfb4f-2cfe-48fe-856f-ed538a472579.jpg"> <BR> Dinner - Mexican beans (black beans, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, mushroom) with couscous, avocado & lime, roasted corn. <BR> <BR> Plating this up I was reminded how when I was young, a curry was always served up with the rice in a circle round the plate. <BR> <BR> This was a magnificent pull-back from some less-then-perfect eating behaviours todsy. <BR> <BR> It's nearly always around work;... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:41:48 EST The Seventeenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452693 Tonight I tried some red lentil pasta, which I've not had before - it had a good texture, is just made from lentils - amazing! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d55339c0-c47e-4e2f-9561-880f22e8dd2f.jpg"> <BR> and I made a kind of 'mac 'n cheeze' making a sauce with sweet potato, nutritional yeast, soya milk, a bit of cornflower, salt & pepper. The I stirred in some steamed broccoli and some fried mushrooms - it doesn't look pretty, but it was very satisfying - and apart ... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:54:30 EST The Sixteenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452135 Today I am back on track. <BR> <BR> I had porridge for breakfast - with some cranberries (gosh, yes, they were probably 'sweetened' a little), Allspice, and some chopped almonds. I chose not to toast the almonds, as toasting things gives them a very desireable flavour which excites the taste-buds! I stayed as neutral as possible. <BR> <BR> I am making the broccoli soup - I have three remaining little hot pimentoes filled with cream cheese - not vegan, but reckon this will give the soup the... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:25:38 EST The Fifteenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451894 The 'good' 'raw' 'vegan' sugar-free' Pulsin snack bars I bought last week have been causing me problems. Too tempting. I won't buy them again. I seem to be OK with the Nakd' bars, so I'll stick to them. <BR> <BR> Well, it was a good day foodwise - I had my breakfast bar and some red grapes for breakfast at work at 9.30am. Lunch was a gluten-free roll with peanut butter and red peppers, a clemantine, a small Pulsin' snack bar - cocoa/oat bar. <BR> <BR> I was really hungry when I left... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:37:21 EST The Fourteenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451372 It has been a bit of a Sunday kind of a day! I worked a sleep-in shift last night, so got home about 11am. I ate my clemantine at work, and my breakfast bar whilst I was waiting for the bus home. I had resisted the urge to go into Costa and spend unnecessary money on a coffee - I told myself I could have one when I got home. <BR> <BR> When I got home I went out for a run. So came home and had that coffee, with some of the sugar-free, no egg, no fat, gluten-free walnut-banana loaf I made ... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:00:08 EST The Thirteenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450951 Three photos today! <BR> <BR> I'm almost 2 weeks into my sugar-free life. Today, being a Saturday, I did wake up anticipating some kind of 'weekend treat'. I'd already done my menu plans for the next week, and I really couldn't think of anything exciting to treat myself to that didn't involve sugar! <BR> <BR> However, I took time to think about it...........and decided that I could fill some dates with some nut-butter and cocoa powder, which would be quite chocolatey and squishy. <BR> ... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:20:06 EST The Twelfth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450722 There is a photo today. <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> An early start meant taking breakfast to work: breakfast bar, a few nuts, a small banana - I ate that about 9.30am. <BR> <BR> Lunch at work was a gluten-free roll with vegan cheeze, pickle, some slices of cucumber, a tomato, and a Lemon Drizzle Nakd bar - oh, and 25g of plain tortilla chips! I'd also packed an apple, but I couldn't manage it: I chose the Nakd bar over the apple in all honesty - I was under a lot of pressure at that moment -... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:38:41 EST The Eleventh Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450354 No photos today. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed some of those goji berries and cranberries, that my friend gave me, in my porridge this morning, and I used ground ginger instead of my usual mixed spice. It was a nice change. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a tortilla wrap made into a kind of pizza - topped with tomato paste, sliced mushrooms and tomatoes, herbs, garlic. A few dates for pud. <BR> <BR> Tea, at work was a no-bake breakfast bar, some nuts, a small banana. <BR> <BR> It was a no sugar day. I had a ... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:22:30 EST Tenth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449900 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86cf447f-1fb5-429a-bbaa-0e46485eff56.jpg"> <BR> Today's dinner was the second half of the nutroast & mixed root veg mash I made on Sunday. I added a large portion of steamed cabbage. Then I topped it with a mushroom & tomato gravy (mushroom, tomato, sage, soy sauce, cornflour, water, black pepper) which made it different from Sunday's meal, and very tasty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2c355ef-740e-485f-ba16-4c8d07c52... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:49:48 EST The Ninth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449440 I woke up with blocked sinuses and a vague headache - I didn't have to go to work today, so I've had what my Spark buddy called a 'retreat' day! They do me the power of good, and I know I'm very fortunate to be able to do this. Sometimes living alone can be a downer - but sometimes, being the only person I have to think about is a blessing! [There are pros and cons to every situation - one is not better than the other - I'm not saying that!] <BR> <BR> It was gone midday before I had my po... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:27:36 EST The Eighth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448817 Quick blog today as I have to get off to work, and won't be home until bed-time! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/009e1b60-ffe1-4eb2-a79f-85c64a4fac0d.jpg"> <BR> This is my sort of Buddha Bowl main meal (will eat at lunch-time while it's still fresh) which I'm taking to work. I made it last night. Quinoa, aduki beans, cucumber, tomato, avocado, walnut-mushroom pate (raw), grated carrot, a couple of chopped dates, a little pot of vegan mayo (to which I have also added a d... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 06:05:58 EST The Seventh Day of The First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448559 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f310ccc-8072-4de1-9f8b-44d98e3d48b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday dinner was a three-course affair! <BR> Nutroast, steamed cabbage, mixed root veg mash (carrot, parsnip, sweet potato) - I also had a spoonful of some cranberry sauce that I was given for Xmas - it was too sweet and I didn't eat much of it - and I threw the rest of the jar away. I followed that with a dessert made with.......... wait for it!........... 1/4 avocado, tofu, cocoa, 1tsp ... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:13:36 EST The Sixth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448142 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fabdf08-1e5f-4625-92bf-8ec767455937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's dinner - cauliflower cheeze (vegan), with peas and carrots (I also added a spoonful of chilli beans left over from Thursday - I forgot to put them on the plate before I took the photo!), then a small dish of 1/2 an apple, chopped up small, and a few grapes. <BR> <BR> Today's lunch - vegan pasty! A lovely Saturday treat after my morning run & shopping. <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 15:10:21 EST The Fifth Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/117a1341-8847-494c-9c10-a9933247e07a.jpg"> <BR> Tonight's dinner was: tofu scramble (with turmeric, paprika, bouillion powder, black pepper), Brussels sprouts, and half a Royal Gala apple and a few small Brazil nuts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c680164b-a5ba-404f-9e11-b5b45e7e5744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today went well diet-wise. Breakfast was a home-made breakfast bar and a clemantine (eaten at work about 9.30am). ... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:06:13 EST The Fourth Day of The First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447263 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2603b48d-4b27-4ef6-905a-9d16c7186e20.jpg"> <BR> Tonight's meal is a 'chilli' made with the rest of those black-eyed beans, with some triangles of vegan 'cheeze' and 1/4 avocado dressed in lime juice + banana 'ice cream' (1 banana, 1tsp cocoa, 1tsp almond butter, 1tsp coconut milk) <BR> <BR> My breakfast was a home-made breakfast bar, and some grapes. <BR> <BR> A colleague brought in a little box of Xmas chocolates to share between three of ... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:22:46 EST The Third Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446767 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abe4d6bd-851a-41b9-861c-287c01ad1e4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm very proud of myself for sticking to my plan today. I attended a training course at work - which was quite 'emotional' and when I left at 4.30pm I felt I needed something to comfort myself. <BR> <BR> I considered buying a Costa coffee........ but didn't. I went into Boots chemist and bought myself some new hair grips and elastics, and some vitamins (to support my immune system as I h... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:54:26 EST The Second Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a5309ec-9c18-47fc-884c-655888164101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how long I'll keep this up, but for now, here's Day Two! <BR> <BR> Today I was at work for a 10hr shift, with a 1hr commute each end. So - I take breakfast with me: it's a home-made breakfast bar (coconut milk, peanut butter, pea protein, orange essence, rolled oats), and a clemantine. I felt a bit hungry when I arrived at work at 7.45am, but didn't eat my breakfast until 10.3... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 15:59:42 EST The First Day of the First Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445641 Inspired by my American friends, I made myself a kind of Hoppin' John for dinner, with a dessert of fruit and coconut cream. All good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8facdb5f-bab3-4cbb-9d12-a3044b3dbdac.JPG"> <BR> rice, black-eyed beans, veggies (I used brussels sprouts for my greens) - smoked paprika. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d0c2b4c-f211-432e-a3e9-edb599c85b12.JPG"> <BR> banana, pineapple, clemantine <BR> <BR> My New Year's Day h... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:30:50 EST Eating better and better in 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444983 As the New Year approaches, I'm assessing where I stand on my health and happiness journey. <BR> <BR> Things that are working:- <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> No S diet, yes, that's a keeper - no snacks, no sweets, no seconds except, sometimes, on days that begin with S (Saturday, Sunday, special days, sick days). <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> mostly vegan, yes, I'm sticking with that - I have a little dairy, and sometimes egg sneaks in - but not much, and not often. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> having... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:54:53 EST Considering my future relationship with sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444089 Today was the second day (at work) where I succumbed to the temptations of cookies and chocolates. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty annoyed with myself. The loss of 'control' feels terrible when I keep going back for another, and another. <BR> <BR> I cannot be 'moderate' about sugar. <BR> <BR> In October I went 'sugar-free' and it was great. I've planned to repeat that month in February. But I'm wondering whether I do need to address the possibility of saying goodbye to sugar. <BR> <BR> Whe... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:23:12 EST Shocking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443345 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3f96387-5f4d-4359-b754-bf88976ee033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I threw them in the bin! <BR> <BR> I said I would throw sweets and biscuits in the bin - and I did! <BR> <BR> Fortunately, this was the only chocolate I received. Believe me, I stood with that bag in my hands for quite a while! Who could I give them to? My sneaky mind came up with lots of thoughts: keep them, it's only chocolate; it's good chocolate too, organic. <BR> <BR> But I also k... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 03:23:07 EST Big hugs to Spark Friends and a message from the seagull! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442877 Firstly, big hugs to everyone who chimed in and shared their own struggles with sugar on my blog yesterday - it meant so much to me - thank you! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Today I didn't eat until gone 11am - I had a quiet coffee on my front doorstep (well, just inside as there was a drippying, drizzly mist going on) and felt pretty numb. I came over to Spark to do my morning updating and stuff, and today's lesson on the 100 Days of Weight Loss Team was 'Just do something' - so I got dres... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:54:08 EST Grinched! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442719 As you can probably guess from my recent posts and status updates - I'm pretty concerned about losing it over Xmas - with all the sugary treats which can catapult me into a carb fest of poor eating choices. <BR> <BR> I manage this on regular days by having a rule that I don't eat sweets except at weekends. And I thought I could prevent myself from being tempted by the chocolates, sweets and biscuits at work by making myself a rule that I wouldn't touch them at all. <BR> <BR> However, it... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:58:05 EST Don't Let The Grinch Spoil Your Xmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440734 One of my Spark Friends, Susan (FOCUSONME57) used the Grinch word recently to describe the persuasive power that some foods can have over us............ somehow this image just resonated with me and has stuck in my head! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3b0709e-a5a2-45d4-b04d-eaf84daf1580.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Somehow, the idea that The (food) Grinch is trying to spoil my Xmas is really helpful for me. It's an easy character to both hate, and love. I've attribute... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:39:36 EST More Xmas Windows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439330 After a brief hail storm - I set off again with my camera - enjoy! <BR> <BR> this is sort of 'lifestyle' shop - they have some nice simple foliage wreaths hanging up <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/900113c9-6e21-41a4-badb-6444c4d17815.JPG"> <BR> <BR> this is one of the windows of the hand-made fudge shop (even the smell makes me feel fat!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a9fd3fe-1030-46eb-979d-9c9fb7f64eb4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> this was a ballet-the... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:09:07 EST Monday photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439291 I did stay strong, and didn't give in to my cravings on Sunday. I came home from work today (Monday mid-morning) and have just had a coffee................ (craving for sugar, or (yes Karen!) crusty bread)....... and waiting for my lunch. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the shop window photos I took on Sunday. I'll take some more today. They seem to have been given a theme of The Nutcracker ballet, and the local panto - Jack and the Beanstalk. Most of these are on the ballet theme. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:09:39 EST Sunday - battery failure & sugar slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438998 I set out with my camera this morning to try and capture some of the decorated windows in town - part of the Xmas Window Competition. I got half-way around and the battery in my camera died! So I can't even upload them to share with you. Sorry! <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Not many shops seem to have taken part in the official competition - but there is a clear winner I think - the chocolate shop have made a splendid creation all in chocolate - hopefully I'll be able to post my pictures tomor... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:47:45 EST Four good things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438296 My Discovery December isn't producing much to blog about. Except that I am bothering to walk through town and look. I think my first batch of photos might be all the empty shops! <BR> <BR> Of course, this time of year, there is a Xmas window competition, so that might make a nice blog too. <BR> <BR> My Spark friends know I am working a very tight budget at the moment, but three good things happened today: firstly, my phone bill was less than I'd allowed for; secondly my brother enclosed £1... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 14:10:18 EST Discovery December - just noticing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437253 I wrote yesterday that I hadn't started my December project of discovering shops, galleries, cafes etc in town. But, on reflection, I realize that I did! Although I went to the Tate gallery (which wasn't a first visit) I did take part in an activity there, and I did go to the cafe. So really, I think my tour started with Tate St Ives! <BR> <BR> Today I had a parcel to post, and we have two little post offices (one at each end of town) - so I decided to walk along the Wharf to the farthes... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 07:13:26 EST Modernist Xmas Tree? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437035 It's Sunday, so I haven't started doing my shop project yet - but I did go to the Tate St Ives gallery this afternoon, to listen to a talk by a young artist called Ben Sanderson. I was the only person who turned up! So I had a private audience which was really enjoyable and interesting! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7cb6465-7144-4b33-8c70-7e913ea4a50e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/d<BR>isplay/six-pillars-modernism </link> <BR> <BR... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 12:17:13 EST Head-gear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436820 Just a short blog about my head-gear. I posted a photo last month of my regular, favourite snood that I use for running. However that one is not warm enough for really cold-wind days. <BR> <BR> I also posted on Thursday about my hat almost getting blown off in the strong winds! <BR> <BR> So today, faced with a northerly blast, I donned my other snood which has a fleece lining. It did a good job; it stayed firmly in place, stopped the wind getting in my ears, and kept my head cosy. <BR> <BR... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 17:54:40 EST Late news - origami robins ready to fly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436431 I hope you're not getting bored with my Xmas craftwork! This is the last one now - all done. I've even added glitter to my British Red Cross free Xmas cards (British Sparkers will know what I mean - they keep us supplied with Xmas cards, bookmarks and coasters all year!) - I don't usually use them, but needs must this year! <BR> <BR> I've had a totally absorbing afternoon carefully folding my origami offerings....... hope they don't disappoint. <BR> <BR> Here's the first showing of 'the... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:44:00 EST December is here - and a new project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436380 But first, here are all my pressies ready to be distributed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3134d67f-b924-4ba4-81d2-e98c96c344f4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I know this is only a small pile compared to a lot of (most?) people - it's my nearest and dearest - three family groups & four friends. <BR> <BR> This one is for a friend I learn Cornish with - she's a good pal. I've got lots of nice second-hand clothes from her, and she also gives me a lift up to Bristol to visit my ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:06:23 EST Santa's Workshop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436154 Following on from my month of worry about how to cope with Xmas gifting - it's sorted! <BR> <BR> I bought a £15 voucher for my son's family to share, and a box of fun plasters (for the little one), a pack of tissues, a packet of raw nibbles, a joke, a couple of small crackers with hats in. <BR> <BR> I bought 3 travel-size tubes of hand-cream for female friends, along with a pack of tissues, and a joke - I'm making crackers with the inside of a loo roll, some Xmas paper, and ribbon etc. <B... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:51:06 EST No Spend November - has been really great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436114 Well, today is my birthday - and it wasn't a no-spend day, but there were no impulsive spends. I bought a pasty for lunch as a treat, and some Xmas gifts, and a new toothbrush! <BR> <BR> I only ate half of the pasty - with some steamed brussels sprouts! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50c60542-8114-482a-9417-6be51e99b419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night when I did my December budget, it led me to read the electricity meter, which led to logging on to new company site, wher... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:19:03 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435802 This morning I had to go into Truro (Cornwall's only city) to see the dentist - that took up 6hrs of my time, with bus travel and treatment. But no spends. I enjoyed reading my library book (Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan), and I took some mocha coffee in a flask to drink on the journey home. <BR> <BR> In Turo they have set up a winter market - including some psuedo 'German Market' and all sorts of trashy-looking stalls selling 'stuff'. There is also a really nice 'maker's... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:10:00 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435526 A couple of people expressed some envy of me being able to take morning coffee on my doorstep. I do, indeed, live in a quiet and private kind of a place. But it's not heaven. However the act of sitting on that doorstep always makes me feel peaceful and healthy - there is, somehow, more air than you get just with an open window. <BR> <BR> Here's where I sit; not a wonderful view! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de0203ec-aca4-4657-a9c6-a513aca2d183.jpg"> <BR> Here's acr... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:20:09 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435226 No spends today. <BR> <BR> I kicked off my first day of my first week of my plan. So it was Maintain the Motivation Monday on the Spark 4-week Holiday Plan, and the recommended exercise was walking intervals. It was teeming with rain outside today, and I couldn't see myself doing the walking intervals workout suggested - it was too much head-work! So I got out my Jessica Smith walking DVD and chose a 'turbo-blast' mile which fitted the bill. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:59:43 EST No spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434819 No spends today. <BR> <BR> I am off to work at 3.30pm - back home tomorrow. So I have my dinner & breakfast all packed up ready to go. <BR> <BR> I felt like I needed some comfort today, so I took my morning coffee to the doorstep and sat listening to the birds with a blanket round my shoulders, and a hot-water bottle on my lap! It's just above freezing here. <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I decided to get myself together and make a plan for December. <BR> I had a few things lined up, and was... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:46:18 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434629 No spends today, mainly because I have no money. I think if I'd had any money, I'd have bought something, so in a way, it was good not to have any money, it you get my drift! <BR> <BR> I'm cooking a fragrant veggie and chickpea curry for my dinner, and am going to treat myself to a special hot chocolate drink this evening. <BR> <BR> I did enjoy the performance last night - the company (Kneehigh) are so very amazing that even the most harrowing things (like the scene where they enact rows a... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:11:30 EST The good, the bad, and the ugly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434301 The Good <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> I invented a tofu pizza for lunch today! It really more of a pizza-style baked tofu. I mixed tofu with seasoning and oats and baked it in a hot oven until it was sort of crisp. Then I topped it with tomatoes, garlic, chilli, vegan cheese, mushrooms, basil. It was delicious, and I had half for lunch. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f26604b-a2ba-446c-8a93-b74d3e71df0f.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26ffef78-2524-... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:35:17 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434246 On 'Black Friday' I am supporting the campaign to Buy Nothing! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf62e1c5-eb27-4b27-afdf-9aa1d8bcbeb4.jpg"> <BR> from Action for Happiness on twitter today <BR> <BR> Who are the people who have all this extra money to spend just before Xmas anyway? Is it on credit? I sure don't have money to spend. <BR> <BR> I guess if I had money, I might be out buying new running shoes, cosy slippers, a new food processor, a new fridge even! My... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:24:02 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434086 What day am I on? <BR> <BR> Tuesday was a no-spend day. I went to work, worked overnight, came home this morning, all good. <BR> <BR> Today, Wednesday, was a no-spend day (apart from food items I needed from the greengrocer). <BR> <BR> This afternoon I enjoyed filling my on-line shopping trolley for my Xmas groceries - and saving the order for when I can activate it on payday! It was fun to choose a few special things - like alcohol-free fizzy wine, gin & tonic, a low-alcohol beer; als... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:49:02 EST No spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433423 The first 24hrs after dental work have been pain-free - although I have taken 1 Ibuprofen this morning as a precaution. Fingers are firmly crossed. <BR> <BR> Call me weird, but I recently watched a video from Dr Eric Berg about apple cider vinegar's antibacterial action and am using that as a mouthwash. <BR> <BR> I did have a spend the other day that I completely overlooked until I checked my bank account this morning! It was an eBook for £1.99 on Basic Income policy! In other words, ho... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:36:03 EST No Spend November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433339 Monday was a no-spend day! <BR> <BR> This was pretty amazing actually, because I had a need for comfort. The main event was going to the dentist. For me this entails just under 2 hrs on the bus each way. The dental work was almost an hour - for just one filling - so you can imagine it was quite an extensive bit of restoration work which took me almost to the edge of my ability to keep still with my mouth open - and I found I was thinking about stories I've read about torture! And altho... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:52:05 EST