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/ Monday 29th June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952759 Just a short blog to check-in as it's over a week since I posted a new blog. <BR> <BR> Things are going well for me with the NoS diet - and I'm posting what I am eating in my Community Journal (so if you're curious you can look there). The Saturday and Sunday eating includes snacks, sweets and stuff - so no telling me off - it's part of the plan! <BR> <BR> I'm finding that it's hardest for me to keep up a regular running, strength-training routine - work schedules, and being 'tired' are... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:13:30 EST Getting the right combo - for me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947821 We all have our different ways of managing our quest for health and fitness - and one of the things I love about Spark People is that they are pretty much ALL represented on this site. <BR> <BR> I am currently following three main pathways - I found my way to each of them via Spark People. <BR> <BR> I am tackling the fundamental issues of emotional eating/how I relate to food, with the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle team - this is material written by Linda Spangle which I hav... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:43:25 EST Sort Out Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944780 I expected my 10 days' off from work to be a period of calm in which I could sort myself out. But, the complete opposite seems to have happened; it's like I let go of all the strings and I feel like I just unravelled! I woke this morning feeling exhausted! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did some work from Linda Spangle's book Life is Hard, Food is Easy (Chapter 4) - and I nearly gave up on it - it felt 'too hard' to do! One of the activities was to think of my strengths; she suggests three catego... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:40:15 EST A few photos from my son's wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944343 I didn't manage to take many good photos on the day - there was a professional photographer who has taken some great photos - and perhaps I will be able to share some of them - I think they're copyrighted, so don't think I can just have them! <BR> <BR> I was pleased with my outfit - it was comfortable, appropriate, pretty - and the best thing was that my son said "aw, you look lovely" - that was the icing on my cake! The photos don't do me justice really - the dress was quite a light fabric... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:51:45 EST Taking time for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931990 I finished work at 9am today. Often, after a sleep-in shift, I just get the bus home, and kind of flop for the rest of the day. But today I had an arrangement to visit someone at 11.30am, so I stayed in town. <BR> <BR> First I went to Costa and got a plain coffee with soya milk. I avoided the temptations of wall-to-wall sugar/fat/flour offerings! <BR> <BR> I took my coffee to the beach, and sat there for about an hour, knitting, chilling, listening to the sea. There was a crowd of p... Thu, 21 May 2015 12:10:29 EST What DID I actually eat today 17th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929663 This is the last of my 4 weeks of food journal blogging. I am going to continue to track my food in this way, but use the Community Journal. So, if it interests you, you can find me there by clicking on the community journal link above my profile picture. <BR> <BR> Today was a lovely, lovely day - I feel like I've had a mini-holiday! <BR> <BR> 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really food <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) no plan <BR> 2)2 x... Sun, 17 May 2015 14:55:47 EST What DID I actually eat today 16th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929163 I can't believe that THREE days have slipped by without blogging my daily food - how did THAT happen? Work got in the way? <BR> <BR> Summary 14th May - low nutritional content really - toast, chocolate, a shop-bought cheese, mayo, salad wrap, oatcakes, Doritos, bread, cup cake. I was out all day - and evening - ended up buying lunch in a small store, and didn't have time for dinner, so had oatcakes and peanut butter, then a cup cake at the event I went to. I didn't Over-Eat, but I had too... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:16:24 EST What DID I actually eat today 13th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927851 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not actually food <BR> <BR> Breakfast (6am) <BR> 1)Porridge, raisins, sunflower seeds <BR> 2)Porridge, raisins, sunflower seeds <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack (9.30am) <BR> 1)grapes <BR> 2)wasabi peas (50g) <BR> <BR> Late-morning snack(11.30am) <BR> 1)nothing <BR> 2) <BR> 3)mint licorice stick; mint & cacao protein ball <BR> <BR> Lunch (1.30pm) <BR> 1)wrap with red bean, artichoke, spring onion, mint, hotsauce... Thu, 14 May 2015 04:06:03 EST What DID I actually eat today 12th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926972 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really food <BR> <BR> Breakfast (6am) <BR> 1)4 xRyvita, nut butter, orange <BR> 2)4 xRyvita, nut butter <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack (10am) <BR> 1) Date bread <BR> 2) Date bread <BR> <BR> Late-morning snack (11.45am) <BR> 1)nothing <BR> 2)banana <BR> <BR> Lunch (1.30pm) <BR> 1)'Cheeze' (tofu/chickpea pate), celery, carrot, 2 x Ryvita, Banana <BR> 2)'Cheeze', celery, carrot, 2 x Ryvita <BR> <BR> Mid-afte... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:20:56 EST What DID I actually eat today 11th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926420 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast (6am) <BR> 1)Quinoa pops, apple, vegan yoghurt, oatly <BR> 2)as above! <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack (10am) <BR> 1)2 x choc chip cookies (homemade, vegan-style) <BR> 2)as above, plus a decaff coffee from the local cafe to drink on the bus (between work places) <BR> <BR> Lunch: (1pm) <BR> 1)Mexican Bean wrap with leaves. 10g 85% dark choc <BR> 2) as above <BR> <BR> Mid-aft... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:49:11 EST What DID I actually eat today 10th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925818 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3)=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (5.30am) <BR> 1)Ryvita x 4, marg, nut butter <BR> 2)Ryvita x 3, marg, nut butter, Sweet Freedom Choc shot <BR> <BR> After my run (7.30am) <BR> 1) nothing <BR> 2)the remaining Ryvita from breakfast <BR> 3)10g 85% choc <BR> <BR> Mid-morning (10am) <BR> 1)25g nut and cranberry mix <BR> 2)25g nut and cranberry mix <BR> <BR> Lunch:(1pm) <BR> 1) French cassoulet g-free pie,... Sun, 10 May 2015 14:28:09 EST What DID I actually eat today 9th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925387 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I ate which was not really food <BR> <BR> Breakfast (6am) <BR> 1) Quinoa pops, apple, vegan natural yoghurt <BR> 2)Quinoa pops, apple, vegan natural yoghurt, oatly (oat cream) <BR> <BR> Morning snack (9.30am) <BR> 1)25g cranberry and almond mix <BR> 2)25g cranberry and almond mix <BR> <BR> Lunch: (1.30pm) <BR> 1)left-over vegan pizza, salad leaves <BR> 2)left-over vegan pizza, salad leaves <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack (3.3... Sat, 9 May 2015 15:54:45 EST What DID I actually eat today 8th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924912 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really food <BR> <BR> First thing: (6am before going for a run) <BR> 1)no plan <BR> 2)2 Ryvita with vegan marg & Marmite <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1)no plan <BR> 2)Date Bread, 10g dark choc <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)no plan <BR> 2) <BR> 3)Saffron Chelsea Bun <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon: <BR> 1)no plan <BR> 2) <BR> 3)25g Panforte <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> 1)vegan pizza (lots of veggies) & salad <BR> 2)vegan pizz... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:16:04 EST What DID I actually eat today 7th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924296 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast (6am) <BR> 1)Porridge, raisins <BR> 2)Porridge, raisins <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) 25g cashew & peanut mix <BR> 2) (10am) Date Bread, 10g dark chocolate, 25g cashew & peanut mix <BR> <BR> Second mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) nothing <BR> 2)gluten-free brownie and coffee (11am-ish) (maybe that should be a (3)? it was good food <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)Crispbread, ... Thu, 7 May 2015 13:07:03 EST What DID I actually eat today 6th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924020 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1)Mushrooms on toast <BR> 2)Mushoroms on toast <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)banana <BR> 2)banana <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)Cauliflower 'cheeze', tomatoes <BR> 2)Cauliflower 'cheese, tomatoes, 2 Ryvita & Marmite <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1)Dates stuffed with hazelnut butter <BR> 2)Dates stuffed with hazelnut butter <BR> <BR> Second afternoon snack: ... Thu, 7 May 2015 01:02:12 EST What DID I actually eat today 5th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922845 I'm posting my food plan here for the day - as I shall be working until late tonight - so I've only got to edit it when I get home. <BR> <BR> I know I'm in an 'eating phase' - this might be because my body has lost a little bit of weight, and my body is trying to get back to the former weight - who knows? I am aware of my own 'cycles' and about every 14 days I seem to have increased appetite. So - I've made a realistic plan for the sort of day I have ahead - making sure I have planned sna... Tue, 5 May 2015 05:39:08 EST What DID I actually eat today 4th May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922505 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) porridge, raisins, sunflower seeds <BR> 2) porridge, raisins, sunflower seeds <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)apple <BR> 2)spicy peanuts & cashew mix (50g) <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)Crispbreads, cucumber, Naked Bar <BR> 2)Crispbreads, cucumber, Naked Bar <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1)dates & almonds <BR> 3)sugar-free boiled sweet (1) <BR> <BR> Dinner... Mon, 4 May 2015 14:42:21 EST What DID I actually eat today 3rd May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921855 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=things I ate which were not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1)Mango chia pudding <BR> 2)Mango chia pudding <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) nuts & raisins <BR> 2)nuts & raisins <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)2x Crispbread, cucumber, Naked Bar <BR> 2)2x Crispbread, cucumber, Naked Bar <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1)clemantines x 2 <BR> 2)clemantines x 2, 200g strawberries with oat cream, <BR> 3)10g 85% dark chocolate <B... Sun, 3 May 2015 15:20:46 EST What DID I actually eat today 2nd May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921386 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) no plan! <BR> 2)crispbread, hazelnut butter, cherry tomatoes <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) no plan! <BR> 2) fruit & nut mix 30g (raisins, hazels, chocolate-covered coffee beans) <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)no plan! <BR> 2)nothing <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon: <BR> 1) no plan! <BR> 2)cake (vegan, g-free) <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> 1)Chilli & rice <BR> 2)Chilli ... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:48:36 EST What DID I actually eat today 1st May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920896 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=things I ate which were not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Porridge, banana, maple syrup <BR> 2) Porridge, banana, maple syrup <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)Naked Bar <BR> 2)nuts (25g) and raisins <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)left-over bolognese, crispbreads, berries <BR> 2)left-over bolognese, crispbreads, berries <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) nuts and raisins <BR> 2) Elephant Food (! 30g 120kcal) superfood s... Fri, 1 May 2015 16:03:54 EST What DID I actually eat today 30th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920308 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=things I ate which were not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) toast and Marmite (g-free bread, vegan marg) <BR> 2) toast and Marmite <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) Nuts & raisins <BR> 2) Bounce Ginseng & Spirulina Energy Ball <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) veggie sausage, left-over curry, pearl barly/lentil mixture <BR> 2) as above! <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) Date bread, satsuma <BR> 2) Date bread, satsuma <BR>... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:44:24 EST What DID I actually eat today 29th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919753 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) vegan 'bacon' sandwich & decaff <BR> 2) vegan 'bacon' sandwhich & decaff <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, raisins) <BR> 2)ants on a log <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)almond nut butter & cucumber sandwich, cherry toms, 10g dark choc <BR> 2)almond nut butter & cucumber sandwich, cherry toms, 15g dark choc <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:02:01 EST What DID I actually eat today 28th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919238 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) overnight oats <BR> 2)overnight oats (6am) <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> 1) nothing <BR> 2) Date bread (my packed snack) and a Costa Americano coffee (8.30am at a service station) <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)apple <BR> 2)apple (10.30) <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)Salad in a jar (grains, lentils, spinach, toms, cucumber, hotsauce, green onions, pineapple), dark choco... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:20:31 EST What DID I actually eat on 27th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919234 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 2=anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1)Porridge, dates, sunflower seeds <BR> 2)Porridge,dates, sunflower seeds <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)apple <BR> 2)apple <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1)veggie sausages, smoky baked beans, cherry toms, 8 grapes <BR> 2)veggie sausages, smoky baked beans, cherry toms, 8 grapes <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) Date bread <BR> 2) Satsuma, wasabi peas <BR> <BR>... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:07:32 EST What DID I actually eat today 26th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918015 1=what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I eat which is not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Porridge, dates, sunflower seeds <BR> 2) Cheatin' (vegan) bacon sandwich with BBQ sauce <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) apple and nut butter <BR> 2) nothing <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) Leftovers Potpie (Happy Herbivore recipe) <BR> 2) Leftovers Potpie <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) wasabi peas <BR> 2) nothing <BR> <BR> 3) whilst cooking dinner at 6pm... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:25:18 EST What DID I actually eat today 25th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917572 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Pineapple pancakes <BR> 2) Pineapple pancakes <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1)Date bread <BR> 2) nothing <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) Lentil soup, crispbread, 'cheeze' <BR> 2) Lentil soup, crispbread, 'cheeze' <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) banana <BR> 2) banana <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> 1) 'cheeze' and celery wrap, Naked Bar <BR> 2) 'cheeze' and radis... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:56:26 EST What DID I actually eat today 24th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917045 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I ate which was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Porridge, peach, coconut, quinoa pops <BR> 2) Porridge, peach, coconut, quinoa pops <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) Date Bread <BR> 2) Date Bread <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) 'cheeze' and cucumber sandwich on g-free bread, cherry tomatoes <BR> 2) 'cheeze' and cucumber sandwich on g-free bread, cherry tomatoes <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) Satsuma a... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:39 EST What DID I actually eat today 23rd April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916485 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2 = what I actually ate <BR> 3 = anything I ate which wasn't really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) toast and nut butter <BR> 2) g-free toast, dairy butter, peanut butter <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) muffin <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) salad jar (chick peas, toms, cucumber, lettuce, radish, hummus) <BR> 2) salad jar (as above) <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) apple and nuts <BR> 2) apple and nuts <BR> <BR> Extra snack after work... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:24:52 EST What DID I actually eat today 22nd April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915886 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= what I ate that was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) porridge, apricots, almonds <BR> 2) porridge, peaches, almonds <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> 1) protein ball <BR> 2) protein ball <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) Insalata fantasia (salad in an jar - olives, corn, tomato, green onions, lettuce, herbs) <BR> 2) Insalata fantasia <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon snack: <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) muffin, small pot of frozen yogurt ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:09:58 EST What DID I actually eat today 21st April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915211 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= what I ate that was not really 'food' <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 1) Ryvita and Marmite <BR> 2) Ryvita and Marmite <BR> <BR> Mid-morning <BR> 1) apple and nut butter <BR> 2) apple and nut butter <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 1) salad and Ryvita <BR> 2) muffin <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) salad and Ryvita, half a banana <BR> <BR> Second afternoon snack <BR> 1) nothing <BR> 2) slice of gluten free bread <BR> <BR> Tea <BR> ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:05:51 EST What DID I actually eat today 20th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914617 1= what I planned to eat <BR> 2=what I ate <BR> 2=anything I ate that was not really 'food'! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) porridge <BR> 2) porridge <BR> <BR> Mid-morning: <BR> 1) popcorn <BR> 2) popcorn <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) hummus and salad wrap (1), satsuma <BR> 2) hummus and salad wrap (1), satsuma <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon: <BR> 1) muffin <BR> 2) muffin <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> 1) smoky baked beans and rice, strawberries <BR> 2) smokey baked beans and rice, strawberries <BR> <BR> Sup... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:17:32 EST What DID I actually eat today 19th April? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914017 I'm going to try to report my new food journal here - not sure what it'll look like. <BR> 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2 = what I ate <BR> 3 = anything I ate that was not really 'food'! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1) Ryvita and peanut butter <BR> 2) Ryvita and peanut butter <BR> <BR> Mid-morning: <BR> 1) apple <BR> 2) protein coconut bar <BR> 3) 10g dark chocolate eaten whilst cooking <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1) hummus and salad wraps (2) <BR> 2) hummus and salad wrap (1) <BR> <BR> Mid-aft... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:37:15 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 28/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913472 That's it! I've done a 4-week challenge. And it HAS made a positive difference. <BR> <BR> The most important things have been 1) taking action to keep my work hours within my contract - and not over-doing the over-time! 2) getting enough sleep by going to bed ridiculously early, if necessary, to get at least 7 hours a night. 3) planning fun activities for myself to look forward to. 4) cutting right back on caffeine consumption <BR> <BR> Those four actions have resulted in a reduction in s... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:32:02 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 27/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913017 The penultimate day of the Challenge! <BR> <BR> Today I stayed in bed a little longer, went for my run - which was great. <BR> <BR> I went to the bookshop and collected a book I'd ordered: Happy Herbivore Abroad - which is great :) <BR> <BR> Then I went over to spend the day with my friend who is staying in her beach chalet for a month. While I was there she had two visitors pop in (not at the same time) - both who needed to talk and be listened to. We did that for them - and then analyz... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:14:25 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 26/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912468 Well the 4-week challenge is nearly over - and I have busted a lot of my stress. <BR> <BR> I've been doing much better with work stress - but today, even though I felt quite happy, I bought a bag of mint toffees which I munched whilst I was working on the computer. True I was having problems with the computer, true I was a bit bored with all the updating I had to do, true I was feeling a bit tired from a late finish last night, true I was wishing the day away because I have Friday and Satu... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:43:58 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 24 & 25/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911543 I didn't get a chance to post yesterday - was at work all day, did my exercises, ate, went to evening class, went to bed. I did have a pretty good day at work - part of this was due to who was working that day, part was due to me deciding what I was going to focus on. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to be out until bed-time too - so I'm blogging over my breakfast! <BR> <BR> I've been for a run (6am and out! brilliant) which is going really well. Having some nice decaff with my breakfast, ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:22:46 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 23/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910309 I'm posting this early because I've got to go to work for an over-night shift and don't want to miss a day off my stress journal. <BR> <BR> I got up early and went for a run. I'm really enjoying this now my stamina and strength are increasing. I've also done an arm workout with resistance bands. Getting the exercises done early in the day works for me. <BR> <BR> I read a funny chapter from my management book this morning 'How to herd cats!' - like when you have a team of people who are a... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:19:05 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 22/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909957 Today had a certain amount of stress in it - some argumentative and aggressive people in a meeting. But, you know what, I expressed my feelings; I told them it was not acceptable to be rude. I survived it. AND I didn't eat my feelings. The meeting was 10.30-1pm and we didn't get a break until 12.30 - I hadn't eaten a mid-morning snack. What was passed around was a nice mug of fresh-brewed coffee (which I accepted even though it was caffeine) some quarter-pancakes folded over with a stra... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:01:36 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 21/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909479 I had a day off today, so I didn't need to set an alarm to wake me up. I stirred as it got light, and deliberately kept my eyes shut for an extra lie-in. When I fully woke it was still only 6.30am! <BR> <BR> I got up and dressed in my running gear – had a glass of water and 3 dates – and go out of the door by 6.55am. I was rewarded by a beautiful, clear morning – a quiet town, fresh, bright air – and a feeling of glory when I achieved my goal! <BR> <BR> One of my goals for the ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:19:32 EST the Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 20/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822459837.jpg"> <BR> I don't know how accurate these things are (virtual me) - but thought I'd do a reality check on myself. The picture above is what I may look like at 125lbs (current weight). Below is how I might look at 115lbs <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765131153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clothes cover a multitude of sins - and I thought the reality check might help motivate me. <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> To... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:23:47 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 19/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908371 Another busy day is done. After some morning support tasks that have to be done - I took Melissa's advice and knuckled down to the 'difficult' job first. It did take up quite a bit of my time, but I got it done, and even though I felt a bit uncertain about some of it, I felt much better knowing that I'd got it off my desk! Thanks Melissa! <BR> <BR> There were other things at work that made me mad today - and although I kept it together whilst I was at work, on the way home I chose to bu... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 14:44:57 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 18/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907729 Today I was able to use my experience, of feeling stressed at work, to support a colleague who is also feeling unable to cope at the moment. He is already on anti-depressants and confided that he had been feeling tearful and was going to see his doctor about increasing his meds. After we'd had a chat, he laughed and said he felt a lot better! I'm sure this was because I was able to share how I have been feeling. So now we are both looking out for each other at work. <BR> <BR> I felt stre... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:07:22 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge 17/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906966 Today I took note of my 'tendencies' to be an 'Obliger' and decided to do the best I could for myself: I was in work at 8am and had a support shift until 10.30am - then admin work scheduled until 4.30pm. However, when I checked the rota I saw that a support shift from 4.30pm - 10.30pm this evening was not covered. My first thought (as an Obliger) was 'I'll do it." Which would mean staying at work for 14.5 hrs. Then I did a double-think, and decided I'd go home at 10.30am and go back at... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:41:31 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 16/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906537 I'm feeling a lot better. Why? Well, I've had a couple of good nights' sleep. The sun was shining today. I've eaten well. I've been doing some self-assessment. On my twitter feed today I saw this link from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project (I think there's a team on Spark based on her book). I took this quiz and found I was an 'Obliger' and her description of an 'Obliger' was pretty accurate! The nub of it is that I'm more likely to prioritize the needs of others before my own ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:50:19 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 15/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905899 Easter Day has been a good day for me: It was a day off work and I could really relax on my own. <BR> <BR> I had a good sleep, but work was on my mind as I woke up. I shook it off, and had a lovely breakfast, then went out for a hike for over an hour. I did a circuit out of town, along the coast path, and back again. I paused a couple of times on benches and sat just looking at the view; that was good. <BR> <BR> There are lots of holiday-makers in town for the Easter break, so all the ca... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 15:09:45 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 14/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905182 My goodness - 2 weeks gone already. I still feel like I'm in rather a whirl. I've got to work this afternoon/evening, then I have Sunday off - so I'll take that time for myself again (probably a run included). <BR> <BR> My anxiety/stress levels are still high - it's that feeling like I'm full up to capacity/up to my eye-brows - and just one extra thing becomes TOO MUCH! If I carry on like this I'm likely to get depressed. <BR> <BR> I think a major part of my anxiety is about work - m... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 07:54:25 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 13/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904908 This evening I am dealing with my stress by sipping a 'bedtime' herbal tea and eating a handful of raw mixed nuts. <BR> <BR> I had a good day - I didn't have to work today, so I was able to wake up without an alarm and not get dressed straight away. I was able to enjoy going out for a run, eating a hot meal for lunch and dinner, getting my laundry done, catching up on Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> This evening I had a meeting at my house (Buddhist leaders' meeting for Cornwall) and it brou... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 16:23:26 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904298 Oh boy, did I have the caffeine-withdrawal headache today? Yes I did! I got quite a few glasses of water in, I chose a peppermint tea in a cafe at mid-morning, and had two other herbal teas at work and one bottle of flavoured water (oh, and 3 paracetamol tablets for the headache!). The Yogi Snack Tea has a bit of Assam black tea in it, so that gave me a little boost. I also ate about 5 chocolate-covered coffee beans - and they probably gave me a little boost too. But overall, I did well ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:18:33 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 11/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903594 Today I took some action to deal with my stress-load. I asked if I could leave work just after lunch - which was okayed, so that's what I did. <BR> <BR> I went into town and bought myself a little bag, a sort of 'jacket' thing, and a fascinator for my hair - all in preparation for my son's wedding. I also went into The Body Shop - and the assistant in there helped me choose a nail varnish and lipstick that would work with my outfit. It was really nice to go into small shops and have per... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:19:21 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902684 I didn't do so well yesterday, stress-wise. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm noticing is that I keep a lot of what I feel inside of myself. Doesn't everyone? I mean you can't go around causing conflict all the time because you need to say something about how you feel. Often, it's just not appropriate at the time - either because it needs to said confidentially, or because the task is more important at that moment. <BR> <BR> I suppose what might be happening is that I internalise my stressors, a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:46:19 EST