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 Power of Spark Inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413460 I read Today's Top Story on the Start Page this morning - it was about keeping strong and fit over-50. I almost didn't bother, because I'm already in my sixties, work full-time, and I have to keep strong and fit to do my job! However, I was inspired by the blog, and one thing led to another - as it does! <BR> <BR> (in case you missed it - here's the link!) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=18_ways_anyone_over_50_can_become_m<BR>ore_active </link> <BR> <BR> I ended... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:08:21 EST I finished my jumper - at last!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412862 I've been knitting this jumper for quite some time - my mission last week, whilst I was on holiday from work, was to complete it. <BR> <BR> Today, finally, I finished sewing it up. I'm pleased with the result - it's a cotton yarn, very soft and light, and I love the random dye effects, and the colour. <BR> <BR> It's close-fitting - because I bravely decided to knit a size smaller and not end up with a baggy jumper. It feels just right. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:01:42 EST My Week of Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412134 I've come to the end of a week's annual leave - and have been out for five wonderful walks which were all a bit different. I was truly fortunate with the weather - most days started out wet, or threatening - and I lugged a set of waterproofs with me everywhere. But actually, every walk was dry - and even sunny at times! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share a couple of photos from each of the walks for my Spark Friends to enjoy! <BR> <BR> Wednesday - an inland countryside walk, following the ri... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:46:50 EST Chocolate peanuts or onions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411469 What? Well you have to have a catchy title, right? This is a share about how I talked myself out of chocolate peanuts today. <BR> <BR> I went out for a lovely walk today - and someone coming the other way was putting a handful of something from a bag of something into his mouth........... my brain immediately thought 'chocolate peanuts!' <BR> <BR> I have no idea why that particular thought came up from my food-brain - but it did. I don't want to trigger anyone, so here's like - peanuts! ... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:47:08 EST Parallel Food Worlds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404108 I eat healthy food more than 90% of the time. I'm maintaining a healthy weight. I eat a mostly (not totally) plant-based diet. I live alone, and I don't have to compromise over my food choices most of the time - I get to choose what I buy, what I have in the house, and what I eat. I'm lucky in that respect. I have great respect for people who have to resist foods that other members of their household choose to have in the house, and eat - not sure I could do that! <BR> <BR> However, thi... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:03:11 EST Portion Control and my Five Defences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401853 This is my favourite post on the Community Feed - from GPALMER29 <BR> <BR> "Portion control is so important!! It's one if not the most important thing!! If you need to have some chips keep it at the serving size 1 oz!! If you can't eat just a serving then don't eat them at all!! Learn portion control! Because if you can't control it you're all ready losing the game!!" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/communit<BR>y-goal-feed-detail.asp?post=122696 </link> <BR> <BR> It's true ... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:48:15 EST Veggie volume http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395991 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2404fda9-6b13-40a5-9ddd-1e1ddca05075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday night is curry night - all veggies. I decided to use a smaller saucepan and they completely filled it! Mushroom, courgette, pepper, cauliflower, onion, a few peas, tomatoes. <BR> <BR> After a simmer, they've reduced considerably <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51b0e597-de3b-4151-98f6-3114de28476c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And by the time I'd finished - it was looking abo... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:42:19 EST What goes around comes around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395512 Yesterday, I bought (in the sales) two new tops for work (for winter) UK size 10-12 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2397eba9-74e2-42bf-b2d2-554f012e00cf.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72551561-2c06-4d3d-be52-cfd6e16e75c7.jpg"> <BR> I like this style for work, it's hip length with 3/4 sleeves and works well. Now I need a grey cardi to go with them. <BR> <BR> Then I took two of my old work tops UK size 14-16 and put them out for taking to the ... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:45:55 EST Rewarding Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395001 I did really well in July - I stuck to my diet and exercise plans, I did some tracking and posting on the Community Feed, and I ended the month with a bit of money still in the bank. And I've had done well at getting out more, having fun, and getting enough rest. <BR> <BR> Part of the Spark System is to acknowledge and celebrate our successes, and to reward ourselves. <BR> <BR> I earned a little more this month, due to over-time done in June, so I've rewarded myself with two non-food ite... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:22:32 EST New Month - New Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394571 I always like to set up a new Spark Page at the beginning of each month, and establish my intentions for the next four weeks or so. I like projects - and this helps me to stay interested and engaged with my health & happiness journey. <BR> <BR> This morning, I set up my new page for August, and flipped my wall-chart over to show the next of the Four Cornerstones; I take one of each of them (Fire, Fitness, Focus, Force) in turn - a different one each month. <BR> <BR> This month it's FORCE... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 08:26:50 EST Marmite & Lavender http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391706 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ed6be08-29a3-40e9-8d32-280b8b1da34b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a Marmite thing - you either love it, or you hate it! <BR> <BR> A seasonal treat for me is lavender coffee! Just one stir with a lavender stem and I have an exotic, really special coffee. I love it! I savour it! <BR> <BR> Lavender flowers are so powerfully perfumed. Yesterday I put just four tiny blue flowers on my yoghurt and fruit - along with a few tiny wild strawberries found... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:08:36 EST Projects! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391265 I like to have some 'project' on the go. Spark's Challenges are 'projects' for me - I love to tick off the days and feel myself getting somewhere. <BR> <BR> Three of my projects came to mind this morning and I thought I'd share them in case they Spark someone else. I have to find projects that don't cost me money - or not too much money! I often start projects, then forget about them - these are three that I am currently reviving:- <BR> <BR> My A-Z walks. <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> I hav... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:52:16 EST Fridgefull http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390909 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31bdccfc-1e5b-4b0d-98f6-8c6c27adf4ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My fridge is full of bits & bobs! There's a bowl of frozen berries defrosting for dessert later; a bowl of tofu 'cream'; half a pizza (tea tonight); box of no-bake breakfast bars for workday breakfasts to go!; a 1/4 cup of coconut milk defrosting for overnight oats; home-made sweet chilli dip which will keep for a week; red beans defrosting for tomorrow's wrap; left-over mix of chickpeas & f... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:50:29 EST Rainy Day Reminiscing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390123 Once the computer is on and we're connected to the Web - one thing can lead to another, right? Today I've been out for a longish run, it's still raining, and I'm happy to be here at home in the dry. <BR> <BR> I found myself listening to golden oldies on You Tube, and ended up finding a lovely acoustic session by Peter Frampton. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GLIZrSwFWk </link> <BR> <BR> He is 3.5yrs older than me, and he used to live in the next road. As a kid (I would have... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:15:40 EST To fail to plan is to plan to fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389650 There are people who like to plan and those who don't. I like to plan - it's how I prevent myself becoming overwhelmed by choices. <BR> <BR> I was with a friend yesterday who doesn't like to plan. As a planner myself, I find that hard to understand. She says she doesn't like feeling constrained - she is a 'creative' person. <BR> <BR> For me it's important to be constrained otherwise my wild-self will lead me into chaos! <BR> <BR> I spent the afternoon with her and two other friends we wer... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:44:50 EST Play! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388815 Funny how the messages arrive sometimes, isn't it? Yesterday I posted the lovely picture I have on my status update at the moment - setting the intention to have fun and be playful. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b30c5f3d-2b38-4e70-a95a-171e2aa4b8cb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning on my twitter feed I had two consecutive messages about being playful; the first was from Spirit Animals <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/553d890e-c2ba-4b0f-b6e3-0daa... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:50:49 EST Sparked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388395 It was one of those days - in a good way! I clicked through to today's featured article on getting rid of back fat (even though I no longer have back fat - yipee!) and was freshly inspired to continue with my strength training programme, and to add in some exercises to work those back muscles harder. It also raised the importance of pull-up type exercises - an area that I'm very weak on. <BR> <BR> It got me experimenting to see if I could hang by my arms from the door frame - no way! So I... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:18:18 EST A Bit of Fun: Myers Briggs carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388035 if you don't know what Myers Briggs is, this will mean nothing to you - it's a psychological type-assessment often used in workplaces etc. Not everyone agrees that it's accurate - like all these things, it has its uses. I come up as an ISFJ (Introverted, Sensitive, Feeling, Judging) - I think that's a pretty good assessment overall! <BR> <BR> I saw this on twitter recently - I'm a ............ biscuit (cookie)! (see my PS below - I got this totally wrong - I'm sadly NOT a cookie!) <BR> <B... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:45:36 EST Two Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386909 Well this is a cool website I found! <BR> <link>www.twofoods.com </link> <BR> <BR> I have a pineapple fried recipe on my menu plan for tonight, but I also have lots of new potatoes to be used up. So I considered having potato with my stir-fried veggies, instead of brown rice. <BR> <BR> I had a look on Spark, but didn't find anything specific enough to help me decide. So a quick dip into Google's big info-pond came up with this one. Seems really cool to me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.two... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:09:50 EST Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385683 I've decided on doing the Realistic Resolutions Challenge next. There are heaps of 'old' Spark Challenges hidden in the archives if you know where to look (I don't - I just find them by accident mostly!). <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining a healthy weight for several months now - but would still like to lose a few more pounds of flab from my abdominal area. I have strengthened my muscles quite a lot now, and when I do things like planks and catch sight of my belly - it looks like a kind o... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:50:41 EST Better Nutrition Challenge - completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385079 Day 28 - This day was about Vitamin A for 'zapping free-radicals'. It told us that the best sources were from animal products, but some fruit & veg with beta-carotene had Vitamin A too. The link was to a recipe using eggs, bacon and cheese with sweet potato. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f90e78a9-b425-4dca-9e6a-73e1624a0c88.jpg"> <BR> <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=3234338 </link> <BR> the nutritional info shows this recipe pr... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 06:13:46 EST Better Nutrition Challenge - the last few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383696 Day 25 was called 'Be a cell helper' by getting enough folate - best sources, it says, are "Good sources of folate include Eggland's Best eggs, dark, leafy greens, asparagus, citrus fruits, broccoli, squash, Brussels sprouts and beans. <BR> <BR> I had a good portion of spinach with my stuffed mushrooms last night. And there's Folic Acid in my multi-vitamin tablet. Folic Acid is one they give pregnant women (in the UK - or used to) to ensure healthy brain development in the foetus. Here's ... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:32:36 EST Better Nutrition & Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382398 Day 24 is to ditch the after dinner eating. End of. I don't usually go for evening snacks, but I know a lot of people do. The advice given is to eat a nutritious dinner - link to recipes. The Eggland website and recipes isn't bad, and if I was an egg eater I would be glad of the ideas. Some of the recipes can be adapted to make without eggs, or using tofu instead. <BR> <BR> Today I did decide to buy nuts when choosing some snacks to take on my hike. And I bought broccoli to go with d... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 12:05:15 EST Better Nutrition Challenge - getting near the end of this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382064 Day 21 - was about Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) "It helps your body convert carbs to sugar, which is then used for fuel. It's also great for your skin, hair and nails." Well, that sounds good, doesn't it? I checked my multi-vitamins - yes, I get enough B2 in that tablet, so I'm covered. <BR> Here's what the Challenge tells me: "Excellent sources of B2 include Eggland's Best eggs, beef liver, natural yogurt, lamb, milk, mushrooms and spinach." OK - I've had mushrooms and spinach today. I'm go... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 14:36:42 EST Better Nutrition Challenge - Catch Up again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380877 Day 18 was about getting the right ratio of fats, carbs and proteins. The recommended link was to a Spark article about what percentage of fats, carbs and proteins we should be aiming for. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=372 </link> <BR> <BR> Personally, I don't use a tracker as such, but I do do a daily food plan, and am mindful of these percentages. <BR> <BR> Day 19 was called 'Cut back on fats' but then talked about tracking calories. I suppos... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:46:45 EST Better Nutrition Challenge - catch-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379758 I haven't posted for the past few days as I didn't think there was much to write about really. I'm going to do a little summary of the past four days, because I know that some people are interested to know more about these Challenges. <BR> <BR> It's definitely worth doing - It has influenced my food choices and I've started taking a multi-vitamin! <BR> <BR> Day 14 was about having a good lunch, but the only information about this was a link to an Eggland Recipe for an egg-salad sandwich.... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:30:26 EST Better Nutrition - choosing carbs & getting enough protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377958 Well, nothing new to learn here really - Day 12 of the Better Nutrition Challenge was about choosing the 'right' carbs and the click-through was to a Spark article on the subject. I'm pretty clued up about what the 'right' carbs are - I know only too well which ones I need to keep under control. <BR> <BR> If you use the Spark nutritional tracker, you'll know which things have the most carbs. Personally, I try to minimize my consumption of breads, pastas, rices, pastries, potatoes, cake... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:46:01 EST Better Nutrition - labels and lutein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377069 Day 10 of Better Nutrition was about the importance of reading food labels - being aware of what's in the stuff you buy. Nothing new there for me - I read the labels; especially the first few ingredients, and the last few ingredients. Ideally it's best to eat food that doesn't have a label - ie fresh, unadulterated food. But it's not a perfect world - next best is to eat foods that only have a few ingredients - maybe 1-3 things on the label (ie good peanut butter = peanuts; not so good p... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:09:13 EST Mental Health inspiration - connecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377063 A lot has been going on here in the UK recently - people are feeling generally a bit traumatised really. I saw this little video from The Mental Health Foundation today; it's about connecting with others. Connecting on Spark is really valuable - connecting in real life is really valuable. It inspired me to take the time to chat with my neighbour today - he's not someone I instinctively like - but we had a decent conversation and it improved how I felt about him. It inspired me to take t... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:50:13 EST Better Nutrition - water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376205 Day 9. Today's lesson on the Better Nutrition is that water soluble vitamins needs water to be absorbed. I'm not totally sure that I follow the logic there, as our bodies are more than 70% water anyway............... and there is plenty of water in fruit and vegetables, as well as other drinks we have. So - well, I'm taking it as a reminder to drink water more often. I'm never going to be a 2L a day person - and I've read things that say this really isn't necessary. But water certainly do... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:23:22 EST Better Nutrition -Sparked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375748 One of the great things about Sparking is the sharing of experiences and information. <BR> <BR> So, doing the Better Nutrition Challenge, sponsored by England when I don't eat eggs is Sparking me in all sorts of ways. Their recipes are nice, and I've liked those ideas that we've been seeing on our Start page recently - those cooking demos. They've given me ideas. <BR> <BR> Day 7 was about having a better breakfast - and different ways to serve eggs for breakfast. This is about adding prote... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:58:29 EST Better Nutrition - Choline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374945 Day 6 of Better Nutrition and Eggland are not claiming that their eggs have more choline than other eggs! Eggs, however, are one of the richest source of choline. <BR> <BR> Once again, this Challenge gives no actual information about choline - just an Eggland recipe. So I checked Spark - not a lot there either. So, I went to Google! <BR> <BR> It comes into the Vitamin B group - so it's water soluble - so you need it every day. It is critical for brain function; if you eat a decent diet... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:04:11 EST Hoop-la! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374930 Well, I'm a pretty low-key hooper - I pick up my hoop and do a kind of side-to-side thing mostly........... but you never know where it might lead. It's fun. I have a great CD of music a friend gave me years' ago - called Chakra Dancing - it's kind of trance-like new-age music which has a track for each Chakra - it really goes will with hula-hooping. <BR> <BR> I've got a few Spark links saved for hooping exercises, but guess what? On today's Spark Page there is a featured article about ho... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:33 EST Better Nutrition - Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374604 Day 5, and yes, you guessed it, Eggland eggs are guaranteed to be LOWER in cholesterol than other eggs (they sure are some weird chicken they're farming there at Eggland!) <BR> <BR> This day's challenge leads to the Pea-Pesto Open-Faced Sanwiches recipe that has been on the Start page for a while now - topped with an egg. There's no information about cholesterol apart from telling me to avoid foods high in saturated fat, and eat "plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, lean poultry and meat and... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:44:32 EST Being brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374579 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3769878-9e9a-4b2e-a09b-e1daf7e1ebb6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me in my safe clothes. Jeans every day, round necked top, hoody. <BR> <BR> Today was sunny, and I thought I should give summer clothes an airing. So I put on a skirt. The photo doesn't do it justice; it's a linen material, lovely cut and swing. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23ecb815-9c32-4ac3-bab7-75c2687d8ab8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, what to do about the top? T... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:58:15 EST Better Nutrition - Omega 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374098 It's Day 4 of the Better Nutrition Challenge and today the article is 'See beyond the salad' - and links to five egg recipes. Then it goes on to tell me that Eggland eggs have more Omega 3 than other eggs. Eggland eggs seem to have 'more than' everything than other eggs - I doubt that's true frankly! But I'll take the lesson on Omega 3s! <BR> <BR> I see beyond my salad by adding beans, seeds, nuts, fruits, making dressings with tahini, using grains like quinoa. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:11:13 EST Better Nutrition - Vitamin D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373598 Today's Better Nutrition Challenge is about Vitamin D - the 'sunshine vitamin' - it's a fat soluble vitamin, which means it's stored in the body, and you have to be careful not to take too much extra - ie check the labels if you take more than one supplement. <BR> <BR> Spark says: "If you eat a balanced diet and get outside in the sunshine at least 1 ½ to 2 hours a week, you should be getting all the vitamin D you need." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3dbc64f-e... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:38:17 EST Foot therapy 25/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373594 These photos are not very dramatic, but daily toe stretches and other exercises for the feet, have led to much happier, comfortable feet. <BR> <BR> I have also modified my running to a comfortable routine. <BR> <BR> I have Hallux Rigidus in the left big toe joint. It is gradually getting more flexible, which is very exciting (for me!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46557c50-e224-4b8f-8c3a-3e93254fc59d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 05:25:33 EST Better Nutrition - B12 for vegans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373397 Today's Better Nutrition Challenge tells me that Eggland eggs are higher in B12 than other eggs - what do they feed those chickens?! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/referen<BR>ce_vitamins.asp#vitaminB12 </link> <BR> <BR> Hmm - B12 - comes from animal products, so this can be a hard one for vegans, although many vegan manufactured foods are fortified with vitamin B12. Water soluble (so not stored, and need a regular intake to keep levels up) - important for red-blood productio... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:20:51 EST A New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372994 I had time for a browse around Spark this afternoon - exploring the tabs - COMMUNITY, LEARN, CHALLENGES. <BR> <BR> I read a great blog by Spark Guy about the idea that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=why_weight_loss_is_not_80_diet_and_<BR>20_fitness </link> <BR> <BR> Which led me to thinking about how important diet has been for me actually. In particular learning to avoid certain foods, and choose different foods... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 14:29:27 EST Emotional Roadmaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370176 Oh dear! My Friend Feed this morning seemed to be dominated by pessimism. I am grateful for the honesty - but also grateful for my Spark Friends who put a smile on my face! <BR> <BR> Did you click through to the featured article this morning? I checked it out because I thought it might be helpful for Sparkers on the 100 Days of Weight Loss team - we're looking at 'setting intentions' today. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=12_things_you_should_never_to_say_t... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 05:19:09 EST Alright? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369321 I have just come back from a 30min run/walk along the cliff path - what a wonderful way to start the day. I am very happy because my feet are feeling OK, and I have running in my future. <BR> <BR> As I walk towards my house, my neighbour says "You OK?" I reply, "Alright.You?". This is a perfectly normal exchange in West Cornwall! There are comedy sketches built around it. " Alright mate?" "Alright. You?" and so on...... <BR> <BR> However I didn't realise how red I was! Summer temps are here... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 04:11:31 EST Foot therapy 14/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369086 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/379f86e8-8b48-415c-80d9-03cb254814bb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Two weeks of doing daily foot exercises, I am able to spread my toes more easily, and see which toes need waking up! The middle toe on my right foot is one I broke last year. My little toes are not well-connected to my brain. <BR> <BR> I am on a mission now! Wed, 31 May 2017 14:22:36 EST Toe exercises - more info for the curious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24fded16-ea10-4184-8b7c-b9ccdc6a1d6d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Several people have shown interest in my new 'project' to stretch my toes every day for 100 days (currently on Day 11!). <BR> <BR> I started this because I've recently had to stop running due to heel pain. I realised that this might be due to the fact that I roll my foot forward in a certain way - to avoid using my big toe joint to push-off with. My left big toe joint has been stiffening... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:46:30 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367149 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/362c69e0-5d49-4689-a1a7-931d4e4a5a21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 10th day of toe stretching exercises <BR> <BR> I'm having a lazy day today. I went back to work yesterday after a week off with a heavy cold. I woke this morning with a stuffy head and stuffy cough etc. I heard the birds singing at 4.30am, made myself a decaff & smuggled back into bed to drink it with the window flung open. Then I went back to sleep for a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> I made... Sat, 27 May 2017 04:16:01 EST Mini-Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2b74904-bff9-43f5-9af2-b2ac9040241e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm into 'Mini-Habits' at the moment. It means taking REALLY small baby-steps. The theory is that (a) they are SO small your brain doesn't think it's worth resisting it, (b) you start up a habit cycle because you do it, and then feel good (reward) about your success, (c) it generally leads on to you doing a bit more. <BR> <BR> Cool, eh? I'm doing well so far. <BR> <BR> I have three on the... Fri, 26 May 2017 15:06:06 EST Bonus Blog - photos from my lunch-time walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366410 I'm often talking about my nice walks, especially on the coast path - my favourite local walk - and I rarely have my camera; so today, I took my camera. I still find that my photos don't capture what my eye sees - how DO photographers do that?! But I know people like photos - so I hope you enjoy these snaps. <BR> <BR> I start off on a shady, leafy footpath down towards the cliff <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee3faa7a-6ccb-4526-ab74-55e4806b2086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> it co... Thu, 25 May 2017 09:45:57 EST Pleasing my inner child http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366295 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc61bdef-cc46-4c8d-b18a-ce96acd79ec2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What with being at home for 5 days nursing a cold, I haven't felt like having 'fun' exactly, but yesterday when I went shopping, I saw these toothbrushes were half price - I needed a new one, and I have a job to find small-headed, soft bristle brushes. So I listened to my inner child (who thought they were cute) and thought, "Why not?" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Thu, 25 May 2017 01:19:05 EST A benefit from not running today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365893 As some of you know, I love to run. I'm not a fast or far kind of a runner - but I love that feeling of freedom, the wind in my hair etc. However, I've not been able to run for several weeks now - first because I developed heel pain, and then because I came down with a really heavy cold. <BR> <BR> I had thought that I might venture out for a gentle jog today, just to test things out. But I woke with a lot of snot and coughing and a bunged up kind of a head, so I thought I'd go for a walk ... Wed, 24 May 2017 03:54:11 EST Adjusting my focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365450 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d2896fe-1f7d-4606-9a30-401915ccf98c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Having time off to totally rest (thank you Valerie Virus - I decided to make friends with her!) has brought up some unexpected thoughts and ideas. <BR> <BR> I don't watch TV at home, but at work it is on ALL the time! At home I usually listen to the radio, and most of the time it's the 'serious' Radio 4, which has documentaries, news, panel discussions & debates, and comedy quiz shows that ... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:45:23 EST