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/ Watching Slim People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770900 One of the actions that I came up with on the 100 Days of Weight Loss with Linda Spangle challenge - was to observe how slim people eat at social events - like the bring-and-share/buffet party scenario. <BR> <BR> These events fill me with such trepidation that I did think the only way to protect myself was to avoid them completely! However, on Sunday, there was an event like this which I did want to go to - so I decided I would (a) not eat much and (b) watch how slim people did it! <BR> <... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:24:46 EST something is happening inside the cacoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769724 A couple of months' ago, we had a fun ice-breaker at the start of our team meeting. It affected me profoundly, and has stayed with me. <BR> <BR> It was one of those seemingly simple, round the table, first-thing-you-think-of, type of activities: first round was 'the first animal that comes into your head'' the second round was another animal, and the third round was another animal. <BR> <BR> We all had a great laugh - and a lot of us chose from 'cat', 'dog' of course - then followed by... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:11:29 EST trigger warning: Great British Bake Off (no pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768083 I'm not a big TV viewer - but occasionally I get hooked into something that I, more often than not, have to watch on 'catch up' because of my work shifts. <BR> <BR> My current entertainment viewing is a programme called The Great British Bake Off - it's on BBC1 tonight - and I'm at home, so I can watch it 'live'. <BR> <BR> I also know that it will stimulate a desire to eat something sweet. So, I've prepared! <BR> <BR> I have a really useful cookbook, called Vegan Slow Cooking (for two o... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:50:07 EST the lure of the sea.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767885 I feel blue today <BR> <BR> I think I'm all out of kilter due to work shifts - I've been doing some days of 14 hrs, losing sleep, then having days that start late, or start early, and I've being going to bed early, going to bed late - and I feel out of sorts generally.......... and I've lost my smile! <BR> <BR> I live by the sea, on the north coast of West Cornwall (so the sea is the Celtic Sea - which meets the Atlantic) and I work by the sea, on the south coast of West Cornwall (so the se... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:03:56 EST Up with the lark (or the gulls!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766436 On Saturday night, I was at work - and was woken around 2am by a helicopter circling around - gosh they are so noisy! must have been police, or search and rescue (but I think police!) - I woke up with a headache on Sunday morning - swallowed some Ibuprofen with my coffee then worked until 4pm. <BR> <BR> I was tired when I got home - and I wanted to watch a film on BBC iPlayer - but the site was down due to an error - so I did a walking cardio video on Spark People instead - that was good! ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:44:06 EST Planning for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764639 My Spark Coach task for the day is to blog my meal plan for tomorrow. I'm good on this (mainly due to FlyLady!) and I plan my meals 3 days at a time, and work them around my shift patterns. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be starting work at 4.30pm and doing a sleep-in shift into Sunday morning, so my cooked meal will be at home, at midday. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: porridge with dried apricots and walnuts <BR> Lunch: Vegetable curry with quinoa/rice (the curry will include spinach and chi... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:33:37 EST the Spark effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763330 Whilst I was out for a walk this morning, I had a sudden realisation....................... <BR> <BR> The fact that I'm not putting ON weight and getting UNhealthier - is due to Sparking! <BR> <BR> Lots of little things I do: <BR> <BR> yesterday, I stopped before I'd eaten all my lunch and decided I'd had enough! Stop when I'm full! <BR> <BR> yesterday, I picked up a small bag of jelly beans at the checkout - looked at the info "1/4 packet = 90 kcals" - did the math; whole bag = 360 kcal... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:03:15 EST trying some new things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760303 I've started running regularly - well, three times a week in a walk/run/walk kind of way - and feeling so good about myself for doing that. I really enjoyed running in 2013 - but stopped for some reason. My weight hasn't dropped, but I'm feeling trimmer - I think running is essential for me - I need to move in that way. I am feeling firmer in my core already. <BR> <BR> I've been trying some new recipes too - and today I had a wonderful low-fat, vegan, lunch of spinach, chickpeas, cucumber... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:00:02 EST body image distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754101 there's a word for it - dysmorph....something <BR> <BR> I find it hard to know what I really look like! I was talking to someone at work the other day who was going off to a Slimming World weigh in - and I said my weight had gone back up over 9 stone....... she said 'what's 9 stone!!!' like she hasn't been that light in years. And to me, I think I look about the same size as her. <BR> <BR> I can weigh myself, and measure myself - and I'm bigger and heavier than I want to be - but how d... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 04:39:55 EST Cleaner eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753782 The past week has been a bit of a downer for me Spark-wise in terms of food intake. <BR> <BR> Things that have found their way back into my life and caused me grief are wheat-based products: bread, wraps; butter with salt (I'm fine with the unsalted kind); wheat and sugar combinations - cake and cookie type things. <BR> <BR> I am going to bed tonight feeling pretty disappointed with myself again - and thinking that my plan needs to be tighter - I cannot DO controlled portions of these foo... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:00:18 EST What's my plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752036 I just read MYTURNNOW's blog about reviewing her plan for August - and I think I need to do the same. I think the reason that I'm not seeing much change in my weight or fitness is maybe because really have a firm plan - it's too vague. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my brother, sister-in-law and their two young grandsons came to visit - and treated me to lunch and dinner. It was all good-quality, vegetarian, fresh-made sort of food -and absolutely lovely - but I realised that I'd have been more-than-... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:36:36 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747454 The Ups are that I'm being really consistent with the 100 days programme I'm doing in the Linda Spangle Weight Loss team - which is a daily lesson in overcoming emotional eating. Also I weighed myself on the digital scales at work this morning and was 8stone 11.5 lbs - which would be 123.5lbs. This takes me well under my 9stone goal - which is great. Only, when I stepped on the scale before bed last night - it said 9stone 1.75lbs - so which is right? I remember KAREN-IS-HERE saying that... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:55:42 EST Shorts & T http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745414 The weather is just gorgeous here at the moment - hot and summery every day (it won't last, it never does in the UK!). <BR> <BR> I'm on 2 days off work - it's ages since I got 2 days off together because we've been so busy at work! But what a treat it is!!! To swan about all day just in my shorts and t-shirt, to stay up late without thoughts of work tomorrow on my mind - just wonderful! <BR> <BR> What occurred to me today was that I never used to wear shorts............. and now I do....... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:06:12 EST It wasn't a failure after all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741853 A couple of weeks back, I made some sunflower 'cheeze' which I blogged about and said it hadn't worked out. But I divided that pate into three pots and put two in the freezer. I have to say it's been wonderful! I'm on the second pot and using it in my lunch-box sandwiched between two Ryvita - with raw veg sticks on the side - and it's really tasty! <BR> <BR> Not a failure at all! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731012 </link> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:42:00 EST getting stronger/getting easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741203 I've been doing a short cardio routine every other morning for two weeks - I never look forward to it, but I feel pleased with myself after I've done it! <BR> <BR> This morning I realised that it was getting easier! lunges, high knee lifts, squats, bicycle crunches, even push-ups - and my 5 minutes now easily extends to almost 10 mins (9.7 mins this morning - I use my stopwatch!) <BR> <BR> This realisation has been surprisingly motivating for me! I always cringe at those cardio words like ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:16:31 EST Baggy Trousers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738510 Today I just noticed that a lot of my clothes are actually baggy.................. that isn't because I've lost loads of weight, but because I've chosen to buy clothes that are on the big side. <BR> <BR> I feel self-conscious wearing clothes that fit closely - and prefer them to be a bit loose. But I can see that they make me look quite a lot bigger than I really am. <BR> <BR> I am a bit unsure about actually letting them go ............ but I might just wear my less-baggy clothes more oft... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:09:45 EST Lazy Sunday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737946 I was so blissed to have Sunday afternoon off! I've been doing such long work days lately and it doesn't look like easing up any day soon! <BR> <BR> My friend and I had a 'catch-up' by going down to her beach hut and sitting in the deck-chairs chatting. She'd said to me 'the cake's on me' - and I'd said 'I don't want to eat cake today, thanks - but don't let that stop you! I'll bring a couple of peaches". I also had a bottle of cider which I'd planned to drink today (PLANNED - OK?!) - an... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:55:46 EST Cocktails, Mocktails! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735321 I had a desire for a long, cool, summery cocktail today - so I made myself a lovely drink by squeezing an orange, adding some mint leaves, and topping the glass up with some ice-cubes I'd made with mint tea + a dash of honey. Then I remembered I had about a Tablespoon of whiskey left in a jar (for winter colds) - so I poured that in as well - topped it with a slice of lemon and wow - what a lovely cocktail! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1566345754.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:03:57 EST Sweet Sources http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735056 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84059488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this on twitter and thought I'd share with with my Spark friends! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 04:59:31 EST wake up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734227 I needed to be up early today to prepare for a presentation I am doing at work, so I set my alarm clock for 5.30am. <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> At 4.30am I was awoken by an insistent knocking sound - I thought it was someone knocking on a neighbour's door. I checked my clock - and saw that I had not actually set my alarm - so it was amazing that I had been woken up otherwise I would have surely over-slept and missed my early bus to work. <BR> <BR> I don't know, but I've had this happen to me... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:41:48 EST OMG cardio............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733503 I woke, a bit reluctantly, at about 7am this morning (having got to bed after midnight) - and thought 'oh, no, I've got to get up and do my exercise routine'. I stayed horizontal in my bed for another half and hour, then finally got up, stripped my bed (Monday FlyLady routine!) and put on my exercise clothes!!!! Making the decision to put these clothes on (3/4 length leggings, sports bra and vest) was huge for me - why get a whole set of clothes dirty and sweaty just for 10 mins exercise?!... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 03:43:09 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732875 Wow! I got up 30 mins earlier today so that I could do half an hour of yoga before I go to work. <BR> <BR> I am much stiffer than I realised - oh my goodness, I used to be very bendy! Not any more! <BR> BUT I know that if I keep practising the yoga I can recover some of that bendiness. <BR> <BR> My dear body felt like it was sighing with relief as I stretched ...... bless it! <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>401</em> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 02:30:15 EST What's my plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732384 Today I am being challenged to consider whether I am truly committed to my weight-loss, maintenance, health and fitness journey.................... and in order to be committed to it, I need to know what my plan is! <BR> <BR> I've just had a look at my goals on my Spark page and realised that they are end-goals, without a firm plan of how I'm going to get there. So, this afternoon, I'm going to make some SMART goals which will lead me along the road to my goal. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:06:12 EST 1GT #100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731703 <em>248</em> <BR> Today's 1 Good Thing was reaching #100 and sticking with this right through to the end! <BR> <BR> I'm off to work today, until tomorrow - so won't be posting later today. But I am thrilled that I've managed to complete 100 days of my own challenge - picking up and carrying on when there was a gap............ <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am starting '100 days of Linda Spangle' (see my teams to link to it) which promises to be very challenging and rewarding. I am going to use a... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 04:27:51 EST 1GT #99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731324 #99!!!! my goodness - I can't believe it already! <BR> <BR> Today's 1 GT was dealing well with cookies! <BR> <BR> I attended a first-aid training day today - lovely location - tea, coffee and a tempting basket of quality cookies - all in little one-portion packets of two cookies per packet. My colleagues munched them during the day - I abstained. I ate my nuts and raisins, my Ryvita and honey, as my mid-morn and mid-afternoon snacks. However, I did bring home ONE packets of cookies - to... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:56:17 EST Recipe experiments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731012 The sunflower seed 'cheese' I made yesterday wasn't a success. I am getting back into more raw food by trying some recipes I haven't done before. I've made some lovely sunflower seeds pates - so I know roughly how to put this kind of thing together. But I chose to try a different recipe, different book, and followed it to the letter - the result was too salty (tamari) and too sour (lemon). <BR> <BR> So - what to do? I cannot waste all those ingredients (3 cups sunflower seeds, .5 cup ea... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 02:03:54 EST 1GT #98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730634 Today's 1 Good Thing was only eating on three occasions today (and yesterday actually!) <BR> <BR> I'm rather intrigued to find that this is the second day on which I've only eaten breakfast, lunch and tea - no snacks! I'm not sure what is happening........... but it does seem that eating makes me more likely to eat again. At mid morning today I felt slightly hungry, and I thought 'I can wait until lunch-time'. When I felt hungry half an hour later, I decided to eat my lunch (11.30am) ....... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:57:39 EST 1GT #97 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729579 Today's 1 Good Thing was practising portion control <BR> <BR> I really fancied a crunchy salad baguette for lunch today. Baguettes are very attractive to buy - my local shop they sell them all crisp and crunchy for 89p, or you can buy a pack of 4 'mini' baguettes for £1. Hard to resist the deal, but I KNOW I would then eat the whole lot! So, I went to the local baker and bought just ONE mini-baguette (120g), then I scooped out about 40g of white, soft, bread from the centre (because it's ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 06:33:12 EST 1GT #96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729136 Today's 1 Good Thing was NOT 'celebrating' payday with food! <BR> <BR> I bought salad ingredients, and had a lovely plate of salad - a little bit of goat's cheese, no bread or carbs. I feel victorious! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:23:32 EST Linda Spangle - preparation work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728231 The recommended activity to prepare for Linda Spangle's 100 day programme is to list 10 reasons why I want to reach and maintain my goal weight. So - here goes: <BR> 1. So I can wear dresses and skirts withouout my inner thighs chaffing <BR> 2. To feel great in swim gear and enjoy the beach more <BR> 3. To move confidently in my body (not thinking 'does this make me look fat?') <BR> 4. To feel lean and energetic (not have spare blubber on me) <BR> 5. To feel vibrant and youthful (not old and... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:21:36 EST 1GT #95 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728124 Today's 1 Good Thing happened before 7am! I went for a very early morning walk <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>67</em> <em>141</em> <BR> <BR> It's Sunday. It's a day off from work.. and I woke up at 5.30am bright as a button! So - I made a cup of tea and sat in my armchair next to the open window and listened to the birds, and the gulls. At that time of the morning there are no cars on the road - so it's quiet enough to hear the sea which is about a quarter of a mile away - and as it... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 03:35:59 EST 1GT #94 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727855 Today's 1 Good Thing was dealing with it differently <BR> <BR> I had a long day at work, and there was a big festival in town with loads of street food etc. I stuck to my food plan and didn't eat anything I hadn't brought with me from home (for the day at work). When I left work I felt really hungry - and was really tempted to buy something, but I thought about what I'd been reading in the David Kessler book and I knew that I didn't really want to eat any sort of fat+sugar+salt combo. My ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:30:18 EST 1GT #92 #93 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727237 Yesterday's 1 Good Thing was staying on my plan <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> Today's 1 Good Thing was staying on my plan again! <BR> <BR> I planned my food for the whole day at work (out from 9am to 11.30pm) - I packed up my supplies and did not deviate from the plan. I had a meeting over coffee and said 'no thank you' to the offer of cake. When I got home I had a big glass of water before bed - that's all. <BR> <BR> Today's food plan worked well - and this evening I had an omelette with a... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:19:14 EST 1GT #91 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725307 Today's 1 Good Thing is Being Prepared <BR> <BR> I have an early start today and a late finish - so last night I prepared my food-to-go for the day: I have had my porridge and cup of tea, I have packed up: some smoked tofu cubes and cherry tomatoes for a snack; a salad of celery, apple, cucumber, cheddar cheese, raisins, cashews and a bit of mayo (that's lunch); two rounds of peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches for tea and supper foods (I shan't be home until gone 11pm). I have a bottle of... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:48:25 EST 1GT #90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724929 Today's 1 Good Thing was drinking more water than usual <BR> <BR> It was hot again today, and I put some water in a jug in the fridge and put some cucumber slices in it - it was much more drinkable than plain water :D <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling a bit bad about myself.......... I've been doing the 1 Good Thing for 90 days - but the fact of the matter is that I haven't lost any weight - and my clothes feel tight - and that's getting me down. I started having all those negative thoughts abou... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44:40 EST 1GT #89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724164 Today's 1 Good Thing was taking my breakfast to work <BR> <BR> I had an early start today, and it felt too early to eat. Instead of skipping breakfast and starting the day with a snack - I took my breakfast to work: it was museli, chopped apple, a few wild strawberries, soya milk, a few cashews chopped, and a splodge of fruit smoothie (blueberry, acacia). I put all this in a plastic jar and popped it in the fridge at work - then enjoyed it at about 9am when I WAS ready for breakfast! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:30:59 EST 1GT #88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723502 Today's 1 Good Thing was buying broccoli and sweet potatoes <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure what to have for my tea (no planning!) and stopped at the shop on my way home - I knew I had some smoked tofu at home - and was thinking roasted sweet potato and some steamed broccoli to go with it. <BR> <BR> It turned out that I didn't eat tea at all - I had had some ice cream earlier in the day, and a Snickers bar, plus a couple of oatcakes when I got home - and then decided I really didn't feel hungry (... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:44:58 EST 1GT #87 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722784 Today's 1 Good Thing was treating myself to a big box of salad for lunch <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> I did an exam this morning - Cornish language (I've been learning at evening classes for the past 4 years!). First good thing, inspired by Karen, was that I went for a morning walk - only about 20 mins, but it was refreshing and nice. After the exam I wanted to 'reward' myself with FOOD! Recognizing this, I went to the local health food store and bought a wonderful box of salad-to-go: ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:45:07 EST 1GT #86 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722179 Today's 1 Good Thing was wearing a sleeveless top the whole day through and feeling OK about it! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> I am not very comfortable showing my arms off - but I've recently bought a new sleeveless top that I feel OK in, and it was a hot, hot, day - so I wore it all day for the first time. It felt good. <BR> <BR> This then inspired me to do an arm & shoulder workout from my 'favourites' list - yay! <BR> <em>362</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:06:16 EST 1GT #85 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721565 Today's 1 Good Thing was walking a mile each way, to and from work today <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a wonderful, sunny, day here today - and I took the bus for only part of my journey to and from work - walking at least a mile of it. It felt so good to be out in the sunshine. <BR> <BR> Part of the way I have to walk on a road which does not have a pavement - which can feel quite vulnerable walking towards oncoming traffic. I found myself walking very confidently, wi... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:23:44 EST 1GT #84 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720311 Yesterday's 1 Good Thing was coming home with one of my snacks still in my tuck-box <BR> <BR> I have been very careful to pack two or three snacks in my tuck-box, so that I am not 'without' food at any time! Yesterday my three snacks were - an apple, three small squares of flapjack (150 kcals), and a bag of savoury chickpeas/garbanzoes (88 kcals). I came home with the chickpeas snack still un-opened. <BR> <BR> I have a good book to read on the bus at the moment! <BR> <BR> (It's only 7.... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:37:47 EST 1GT #83 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719176 Today's 1 Good Thing was making myself a bottle of cold fruity-herb tea to take to work <BR> <BR> It's been very warm here lately, and I've been trying to drink more water, but find it hard to maintain it! I had the idea of filling my water bottle with a fruity-herb tea and leaving it in the fridge overnight - it made a very easy-to-drink bottle of tasty water (no sugar or anything). Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:30:54 EST 1GT #82 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718569 Today's 1 Good Thing was going for a good old hike across the fields <BR> <em>548</em> <BR> I put this picture in because although I am not walking on snow, I do have walking poles (Pacer poles) which are used just like this; they not only keep your hips, knees and shoulders aligned correctly, but also work the upper body a bit too - which is all good! They encourage good posture, and the body 'remembers' it and then keeps better posture even when not using the poles - I love walking with... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:57:36 EST 1GT #80 #81 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717650 Yesterday's 1 Good Thing was eating my lunch when I was hungry <BR> <em>180</em> <BR> Today's 1 Good Thing was buying apricots <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day at work and when I went to have a coffee break it was almost midday - I realised that I was actually hungry - so I chose to skip my snack and eat my lunch. This was a good choice and I didn't have any more food cravings during the day. <BR> <BR> Today I had the morning free before going to work, and have t... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:54:35 EST 1GT #79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716597 Today's 1 Good Thing was doing a walk along the coast path - about 4 miles on very challenging terrain <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> It was a brilliant, summery-hot, day here today - and I had a day off work too! So I made the most of it, packed up my rucksack with my snacks and lunch, bottle of water - and off I went! I had a bus-ride of an hour first - then a lovely coffee on the beach. Then I walked about 4 miles along the coast path to the next town. I had to meet up with some peopl... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:24:32 EST 1GT #77 #78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715479 Yesterday's 1 Good Thing was choosing a sorbet instead of an ice-cream - and having one scoop instead of two! <BR> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> Today's 1 Good Thing is not needing a snack with my morning coffee. <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> After I finished work yesterday I really craved a small food 'reward' - I know this is an emotional thing - but at least I recognise it! It was hot and I really fancied an ice-cream. So, as my feet took me into the ice-cream shop, I decided I would ch... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:16:49 EST 1GT #76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714361 Today's 1 Good Thing was being totally 'good' all day foodwise! <BR> <BR> Yes - for the second day running - I ate well. Yesterday's dinner was a lentil sloppy-joe - from a book called Happy Herbivore. It was basically onion, peppers, bit of aubergine diced up - all 'sauteed' in stock (no fat) then added to some cooked red lentils with some lovely Mexican spices - ate half of that with a pitta bread. So this evening, I cooked up more veggies, added the remainder of the lentil mixture, but ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:39:14 EST 1GT #75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713365 After my holiday I decided to carry on with my 100 days of 1 Good Thing (actually I did a lot of walking on my holiday - so that was all pretty good) <BR> <BR> Today's 1 Good Thing was making a healthy breakfast choice <BR> <BR> I started the day with water, porridge (with apple, nuts, a teaspoonful of cream and another of maple syrup) - this made a decadent Sunday morning breakfast <BR> <BR> This then led to a good choice for lunch - hummus, sweet peppers, gherkins, oatcakes, apple <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:31:33 EST bleah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713259 I have just had a week off work - taken a sweet holiday in a little beach house across the bay from me - and had 7 days of rest and recouperation. But I feel bleah! My back aches, I feel tired, depressed, unmotivated to do anything - what's going on? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I had a good sleep (although I was aware of thinking about how I was going to fit in another activity today - something which, as I struggled to make sense of, I realised was not actually happening - I'd dre... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:27:41 EST It's fun to modify http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705716 Yesterday evening I supported a woman with learning disabilities to do a 5k charity race (Race for Life - supporting Cancer Research in the UK). It's a women-only event - and they set you off in three groups: runners, joggers, walkers. Amongst the walkers there are push-chairs, wheelchairs, dogs, toddlers as well as people who cannot jog or run. I was with someone who was in the walking group. <BR> <BR> I realised that I was going to find it very hard to walk the 5k - it was too slow for ... Thu, 29 May 2014 04:38:01 EST