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/ 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 Self-love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364998 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49464ac4-54c2-40c8-828d-517554cd1ad9.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I went to the kitchen to make myself a coffee. I got distracted and made myself a mug of tea. <BR> <BR> I took the mug upstairs and settled down to watch a film......... then noticed I had tea. <BR> <BR> My first thought was “I meant to make coffee.” Then followed that thought with “Oh, well, never mind, tea will do.” <BR> <BR> THEN I thought – if I'd given someone else tea when they'd... Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:17 EST Foot therapy 4/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364570 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2384015-1a2f-405a-bed0-766f0913445c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's all for today folks! <BR> Have a peaceful Sunday. Sun, 21 May 2017 02:14:17 EST Foot therapy 3/100 & Idealism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2326930a-5fb6-4f31-a731-0bd173e99b35.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started with the simple toe stretches, and I will do those every day. <BR> <BR> But yesterday, having grounded myself due to a chesty cold, I found myself adding some yoga stretches recommended for feet and knees. That felt good, so they will probably get done every day too. <BR> <BR> I have a book on yoga for older people, and there are such inspirational stories in there demonstrating... Sat, 20 May 2017 03:02:35 EST Foot therapy 2/100 and self-care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363795 I thought I'd escaped! <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> I have been working with people who have had coughs and colds for the past couple of weeks, and thought I was fine. <BR> <BR> I did notice a slight wheeze when I was running the other day. I have felt a bit low in energy, but I still thought I'd got away with it! <BR> <BR> As I got ready for bed last night I felt my throat getting a bit rough.....and yes, I've finally succumbed to it! <BR> <BR> And you know what? This time I am NOT going to... Fri, 19 May 2017 02:25:19 EST Foot therapy 1/100 & Tolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363372 Right! <BR> <BR> I know that Spark People helps me to stick to my plans - keeps me accountable, so I am going to use it to help me be consistent. <BR> <BR> I am going to do some simple foot care every day and post a photo to track changes. I am a great fan of small steps (like Spark's 10 mins a day). <BR> <BR> My small step is to lift and stretch my toes, and use my hands to stretch the spaces. I know there is a lot more I can do, and I have quite a collection of foot exercise articles,... Thu, 18 May 2017 03:35:30 EST Foot care - addendum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362925 After reading all the comments on yesterday's blog about my toes, I realised that I hadn't given enough information. <BR> <BR> I have osteoarthritis in that joint. I occasionally feel it in my elbows and thumbs too, especially if I have eaten sugar and wheat, or if I've over-used those joints. <BR> <BR> I first started feeling that toe joint 30 years ago and have managed it with exercise & diet. <BR> <BR> It flared up recently because I undertook a running challenge which required me to ru... Wed, 17 May 2017 01:40:17 EST What's a-foot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362637 I love to run. I love to walk. I love to hike & explore. <BR> <BR> I've always had what I call fussy feet. I usually rotate my footwear so I don't wear the same shoes two days in a row. I've never worn heels. I've been an enthusiastic follower of barefoot technology and zero-drop minimalist shoes. I was an early-adopter of Vivobarefoot shoes, but now cannot afford them! <BR> <BR> For over a month I have had heel pain which took the joy out of walking and stopped me running. The rest has p... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:15:18 EST Waking up the ostrich! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69e49f3d-5212-43d7-be8b-bf6449a6c12a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some habits are easier than others, aren't they? I'm doing really well with my diet and exercise habits at the moment - and that can't be bad. <BR> <BR> I'm also doing pretty well at de-cluttering or discarding that which no longer has any place in my environment. <BR> <BR> I've also just about managed to do 10 mins a day in the garden, sometimes! <BR> <BR> Housework gets put at the b... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:10:53 EST Strawberries are the new chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360205 I had training (First Aid at Work) all day today. It meant travelling for 2 hrs squashed in the middle seat of the back of a small car because 'you're the smallest one' on fast, busy roads. It meant being indoors, sitting down, most of the day - with open packets of biscuits (cookies) on the table. <BR> <BR> I took my coffee out into the sunshine mid-morning. I took my packed lunch outside into the sunshine at lunch-time. <BR> <BR> I managed to get through the day without eating any ... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:50:06 EST Fruity Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9c61a82-4ffb-4907-93be-665e922249b4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> My lunch was late today. I'd spent the morning with a friend, and we kind of went on chatting until almost 2 o'clock. On the way back home, I needed to stop and get provisions for the coming week. <BR> <BR> I did so well coming home with only the items on my shopping list! I was hungry - so I picked up the box of 'healthy' 'gluten-free' granola and read the packet - I put it back down as ... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:29:59 EST Peaceful Picnic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356609 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05ba62aa-79ff-4c89-b6ee-3112477eb907.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I live at the sea-side. Which is lovely, and I'm very grateful to live here. But there aren't so many green spaces here - no parks or public gardens to speak of. <BR> <BR> Today, as the sun was shining, and I was in the mood, I decided to go for a walk, take my lunch, and have a picnic. So I made my lunch, and got my old wicker basket down from the top shelf (and dusted the cobwebs off!... Tue, 2 May 2017 11:05:47 EST Beautiful curves ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356464 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec5eda64-0f03-421b-b922-419fc177e772.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I picked up my bananas this morning, to get one to slice over my porridge, and I was suddenly taken by the beautiful shape of them - the harmonious curves. <BR> <BR> I've been buying small bananas - they're often bagged as being 'suitable for school lunch-boxes' and aimed at children - but they're a better size for me too! The normal ones are about three times the size. <BR> <BR> <img ... Tue, 2 May 2017 04:15:16 EST Bloomin luverly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356146 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4a6c96b-6cbb-4de0-a3c9-8b2c2cdbe16d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look at these beauties! Clematis Niobe. <BR> <BR> I planted the clematis about 8 years ago, and every year it has a few flowers then dies back to a little dead- looking twig. This year it seems to have had a surge of growth, clambered up amongst the daisy-weed thing and it gives me such pleasure to see these rich, exotic blooms. Mon, 1 May 2017 12:54:59 EST Sunday Sparks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355431 Well, am I glad I made the most of my Saturday?! I've woken up to a return of winter here - rain, cold, dark, windy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f8bb79e-4806-46b4-9346-2dece55b1e3e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The sea is a misty bruise and even the car park is empty! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/526b0d7d-366d-4817-8a92-a9b5a189cb39.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Brrr! I need some Sunday Sparks! <BR> <BR> - I've put the heater on <BR> - I'm wearing two jumpe... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:42:33 EST Keep the Spark Fire Burning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355197 I'm keen to start the new month - but restraining myself (why? I don't know - I just like to do that 'new month' thing on the right day!) <BR> <BR> I was really heartened by the comments on my blog yesterday - such great comments from my Spark Friends which really helped me continue my thinking about this 'survival' thing. I had been a bit concerned that my blog might have been received negatively, and that all the comments would have been those emoticons like <BR> <em>306</em> <em>38... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:03:59 EST Living the dream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354869 I had a good laugh this morning. It was the sales-person in a local corner-shop who, with a beaming smile, answered the question "how are you?" with the statement "Living the dream!" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> It made me laugh - and I told him how much I liked that; that I'd try it myself. <BR> <BR> Spark Guy's blog yesterday was addressing the first question in the Small Goals Commitment Challenge (SGCC) was 'Why do you want to be healthy & fit?' <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/my... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:25:21 EST 10 mins........... then 5 more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352813 Those of you who know me will be aware that gardening is not my strong-point! I don't know why I find it so hard - I guess because it's not my passion, and it IS work, therefore it seems 'hard' to me! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f00a3a1-5d3f-4d64-b087-df0fff9c5aaa.JPG"> <BR> see - I couldn't even smile for a 'selfie'! (to be fair, I'm suffering from sleep-deprivation after a sleep-over shift at work last night!) <BR> <BR> I managed to do 'just 10 mins' again today... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:57:08 EST Subtle Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352264 First off, I know that what I'm going to write will sound quite ridiculous to those of you who are on a big weight-loss journey. I'm a healthy weight, I'm in maintenance. My main focus on Spark is the 100 Days of Weight Loss team - which is based on Linda Spangle's book of the same name. Her book is about addressing the emotional reasons why we eat, and why we struggle with food and our weight. <BR> <BR> On the At Goal & Maintenance or Transitioning to Maintenance team, I am taking part in... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:05:03 EST Sparked to simplifying my menu planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351373 <em>223</em> <BR> I wasn't keen on the Community Feed when I first saw it.........but I trust Spark Guy........ and I am so happy to have received so much more inspiration and joy from seeing all the people who use the Spark People app, who are now much more visible to me. <BR> <BR> I don't know where I picked up this particular Spark - but it definitely set fire to some glowing embers in my mind! <BR> <BR> Someone posted something about using a system for giving structure to their we... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:56:59 EST A reflective blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351188 REFLECTIONS ON EXERCISE <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> Today I realised that my perception of myself as a 'fit' person was based mainly around my running. For the past 2 weeks I've not been able to run as I've developed heel pain (probably plantar fasciitis) so have been resting my foot/feet. I've been doing the appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises, along with massaging my feet etc. However... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:06:43 EST Going from A to B! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349631 Today 'creative sprint' task was to complete this statement any way you want: One thing I know to be true..... <BR> <BR> So I chose ............... the route from A to B is rarely straight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b68a89c-13de-49c2-b4a2-cc69e8888ce2.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I've always kept this knowledge in mind ever since I read it somewhere (a long time ago). And it fits very well with our Spark pathway to health and happiness. <BR> <BR> As we progress ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:32:51 EST Well-intentioned Granola Failure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349275 Hmm, today, a nice leisurely, sunny Sunday - I thought it might be nice to make a batch of granola. <BR> <BR> I chose a recipe from Oh! She Glows <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07d5f025-a3ee-4dc0-a9fe-84407dce798e.JPG"> <BR> It sounded nice, and I had enough ingredients to make half a batch - rich in almonds, walnuts, oats, seeds - but, of course, with some dried fruit, coconut oil, and honey (as I had no agave or stevia). <BR> <BR> It smelled lovely while it was... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:55:33 EST Spring Wardrobe :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348859 The weather has definitely turned milder........ the sun has been making a more regular appearance. As I'm on annual leave AND it's Easter holiday weekend too - I felt it was time to get out my 'Summer clothes'. I don't have a large wardrobe, but every Autumn I pack away my Summer clothes, and every Spring I pack away my Winter clothes. Even though they are only out of sight for a few months, it's always a kind of surprise to unpack them and see what I've got! <BR> <BR> Here's my Summer ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:02:05 EST Cream Tea or Disaster? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348311 It's Good Friday. And everyone is in a kind of festive mood. I went into town this morning, to deliver a birthday card & gift to a friend. My friend was out, so I left the bag hanging on her door. Town was a-buzz with holiday visitors, here for the holidays, drinking coffees, eating ice-creams and pasties etc. My heart did sink a little - because I am determined to stick to my plan, and I did feel a 'pull' towards some kind of treat. <BR> <BR> I was saved by a man who sells local strains... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:23:52 EST Look it up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347918 Today's creative sprint was inspired by what I found beneath my feet! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/279e1d80-3c66-42c6-9526-b9ac9b410413.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yup, I sit at my computer with my feet on a big fat dictionary - because I'm quite short, and it allows me to sit more comfortably. I also love my dictionaries - I have three Cornish-English dictionaries which are the ones I use most, but I get this Oxford English one out from under my feet quite often! <BR> ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:51:16 EST Visit to Grandchild pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347622 I've met my grandson! It was really very special. I didn't cry (which I thought I might) but it was really lovely to be there with him, and his mum & dad. <BR> <BR> As a 12-day old baby, he was asleep half the time, and feeding half the time. I hope to be able to see him again when he's about 3 months' old. Well, when he was in those brief moments between sleep and feed, I sang to him, told him silly stories, and had some cuddles. <BR> <BR> Mum keeps an eye on me <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:54:18 EST A poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346383 Today's creative sprint instruction was to write a poem, or create something inspired by a poem I like. So - I decided to have a go at writing a poem. <BR> <BR> The thing uppermost on my mind at the moment is that I'm travelling to meet my new grandson tomorrow. So I wrote a poem about that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c01e1a28-dbc2-4cd8-aec3-c75f109114b5.jpeg"> <BR> The arrival <BR> of my grandson <BR> has unleashed <BR> an avalanche <BR> of feelings. <BR>... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:33:53 EST Inflatable art? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346056 Today's instruction was to work with balloons as your material or inspiration! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> I had a bag in my 'stuff' drawer that said 'balloons' but it had no balloons in it - just some star-shaped shiny sprinkles. Hmm........ <BR> <BR> What is a balloon - a plastic kind of bag, right? Well, I had a plastic bag! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/530a9a0b-f796-4261-814f-8161e0c09655.JPG"> <BR> <B... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:41:55 EST Mind Map Mind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345510 Today the instructions were to spin around three times, and the create something inspired by what you first see. <BR> <BR> I ended up looking at my Mind Map which is on the wall next to my computer desk. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/039b52b1-6e50-43d1-b87c-daadd8033744.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Hmm........... what next? a map of my mind.............maps - I have quite a few of those, so I went to my map box <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/300cde30-a731... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 10:11:10 EST Make it stick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345203 When I got home from work, I eagerly checked my emails to see what today's creative sprint was: use sticky materials to create something. <BR> <BR> What did I have that was sticky? What could I make? First I found some old post-it notes in my desk drawer - but the stick had gone from them so that didn't work. But in the drawer was a roll of brown parcel tape - aha! <BR> <BR> I started by cutting out squares and laying them on paper - and from that, I liked how the overlap made a darker, ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 16:04:12 EST Trash Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344712 Hmm, today's creative sprint task was to take something destined for the trash and transform it into something I'd want to keep. I felt a bit stumped at first - I thought about those jeans that I had ready to recycle, and how I'm going to use the denim to make a waistcoat - but that's not something I could do quickly. <BR> <BR> I looked down at the bin beside me - and saw an empty tin can. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f629f106-a53c-4d71-ac7e-60c4c9395cef.JPG"> <BR>... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:22:23 EST The Festival of Good Luck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344248 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c90171c8-a9a5-4f66-8f7c-397b2e88e71a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Each month I love to share the month's spiritual ritual suggestions from www.mindbodygreen.com - you will find each month in my 'photos'. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33aca174-62a5-46ae-a3c4-e7b572e86f64.jpg"> <BR> <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2934<BR>6/spirit-almanac-your-guide-to-celebra<BR>ting-aprils-mystical-holidays.html </link> <BR> <BR> It... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:45:24 EST Break something?! Creative Spark number 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343719 Two blogs in one day! Turns out I was a day behind with the creative sprint challenge - so today I got two emails (one for 3rd April, one for 4th April). Being me, I had to sprint (!) and catch up. <BR> <BR> Today's task was to break something and create something!! Gosh - that was challenging - what could I break? Then I remembered that the old 9" plate I've been using has a crack in it - every time I use it I think it's going to break - it had that hollow sound when I put it on the ta... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 14:02:27 EST A creative Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343509 I was Sparked by a Spark Friend SPARKINON who is doing a creative challenge during April called creative sprint - a daily challenge to create something. You can read her blogs here <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342570 </link> <BR> <BR> I was so inspired that I signed up - and started on Day 3. Today's task was to open any book at a random page and create something inspired by what I see there. <BR> <BR> Well, I went to my bookshelf a... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 06:09:27 EST Fancy Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c40eccde-eab0-4ac8-9238-0422f0d64c7b.jpg"> <BR> On May 27th I am taking part in a 5k race following the railway line along the coast - and the theme is the Western 3:10 to Yuma. Everyone is encouraged to dress up, and there will be a prize for the best cowboy/cowgirl. I don't expect to win a prize - but I am keen to dress up! <BR> <BR> Of course, the fancy-dress 'cowgirl' is nothing like a real cowgirl - and I also have to be able to run <BR... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 04:19:42 EST Farewell to old friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342097 I've been wearing clothes that are too big for me for some time now! I have purchased a few things, bit-by-bit, of a smaller size, to build a new wardrobe. I'm not a fancy dresser - mostly a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal! I bought a couple of pairs of cheap new trousers for work in the smaller size - which (because they were cheap) now need replacing! My 'good' jeans usually start off being used for work, then move down to my 'home wear' department! <BR> <BR> So, I haven't given 'homewe... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:21:02 EST I work very hard to keep slim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340548 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55b85ae7-8fdf-4663-8e41-82b508cbbf8a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recently joined the "At Goal & Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintenance Team", and am surprised at what a change it has made to how I think about my Spark life. <BR> <BR> Usually, when someone has said 'You are slim' (we talk about food and weight a lot in my work as we support people with learning disabilities and are always trying to find ways to support them to want to make healthie... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:46:00 EST Fun Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339067 Today is Sunday. Yup. It's Mothering Sunday here in the UK and I've not received a card, or flowers (yet - might get them next week with an apology! - don't you just love your grownup kids?!) <BR> <BR> I'm off to work in a bit - and have to take food for lunch, dinner and breakfast. I have it planned - and it's all home-made. Lunch is a very plain, easy to eat on-the-go, but nutritious and filling oatmeal bar (oats, peanut butter, plant milk, spot of honey) with a pear. Dinner is a very g... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:13:50 EST 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