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/ Compulsory Downtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888082 After I posted yesterday's blog, I started feeling sniffy....... and developed a cold before bed-time! Went to bed early with a hot-water bottle, and stayed there until later in the morning than usual. <BR> <BR> I thought I needed some serious down-time ........ and I got it! <BR> <BR> Fortunately the sun has been shining today - and so I put my sun-lounger out and took a cushion and blanket out with me, and spent over an hour laying out under the sun willing it to zap the virus! <BR> ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:06:02 EST A not so good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887479 Today is St Piran's Day - I started the day thinking I'd have pasty for lunch (traditional food!) - but I didn't because I was travelling on a bus at lunch-time and hot-food is not allowed - so I went into the supermarket and bought a good low-carb dip, an orange, and some oatcakes to dip in my dip. Then my hands strayed towards the carob-coated raisins, chocolate-coated almonds, yoghurt-coated apricots etc etc - and I came away with a 125g bag of yoghurt-coated brazils. I think I was thin... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:10:37 EST Little Diddy Nibbles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886007 I went for a swim this morning - did 20 mins! I am so chuffed with myself because I can feel that I'm making progress - stronger, more stamina. And I'm loving the feel-good factor :) <BR> <BR> To be honest, I'm a 'lone exerciser'; I walk alone, run alone, hike alone, swim alone, do yoga at home alone, have weights and resistance bands for working out alone at home. But I'm not an unsociable person. Today I enjoyed a little bit of social interaction whilst at the swimming pool: First I rec... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:34:24 EST Cake is still 'cake' by any other name! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885457 I am doing really well eating low-carb etc. The scale is going down and I'm feeling good. <BR> <BR> I love, love, love my cookery books - and have a lot them: vegan cooking, raw food, low-carb, low GI, vegetarian without wheat, dairy, sugar, yeast, Forks over Knives, Vegan slow-cooker recipes, Happy Herbivore, Oh She Glows etc etc. And I love trying new recipes. <BR> <BR> Today I have a friend coming over for tea - so, thinking about her likes/dislikes too, I have prepared a very veggie... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:45:18 EST Low Carb eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882606 I've been doing a lower-carb, higher protein eating plan for the past week and have to say, I'm feeling good (and the scale is going down). <BR> <BR> At the moment I'm eating much more vegetable protein, eggs, dairy, than I am used to - but it's worth it to feel free of the carb cravings. <BR> <BR> My packed meals for my work day (and evening) tomorrow include a stuffed hard-boiled egg (curry, spring onion, a little half-fat cheese, mayo); two vegetarian sausages; mixed nuts with a few d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:17:39 EST Limiting Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877831 I just wanted to share this tip I read in the comments on a Spark Friend's blog today - it seems like a possible way forward as I aim to live a more low-carb life-style. <BR> <BR> "One hint I got from the hospital when I was advised to monitor my sugar intake to heal my liver was not to eliminate it totally because that could result in binge eating. They set me onto reading product labels and restricting myself to 9-12g sugars per 100g." <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> DI-NAMIC Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:48:35 EST My Own Valentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874582 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690722628.jpg"> <BR> I've been going through the 100 Days of Weight Loss book for the second time, and finding that I really was just turning the pages and not really working through any new stuff. So, I decided to STOP and go back to the beginning, and take the time to work through it at my own pace. <BR> <BR> As Valentine's is also coming up - I bought myself a pretty new journal to record my journey. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:41:12 EST Spark Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869780 I've been in a routine lately of getting up at 5.30am - making my decaff coffee, then chanting (my buddhist stuff) for half an hour - getting breakfast, packing lunch/snacks, get washed and dressed - go to work by 7.30am. <BR> <BR> Today's a day off - so I had an extra half an hour in bed - then did my chanting, got dressed, had breakfast - packed my bag for the day's activities...... and I've still got an hour left. <BR> <BR> So - it's Spark Time! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 03:09:09 EST Cool Kit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866885 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671615556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a little video showing off the four great storage containers I'd found in my local store - but after 16 hours the video's still not showing on Spark - so I've given up, and deleted it. Apologies to the two Sparkers who commented on it. <BR> <BR> There are two small pots with really good screw-tight lids - great for trail mix, yoghurt and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> There is a square box which opens up i... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 02:13:10 EST check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862253 Hi - just checking in with my friends here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> I've slackened up a bit lately - not because I'm slack really, but because I've been busy with work and work-like stuff. My yoga has slipped.......... I haven't been swimming.............. I've stopped tracking my food. <BR> <BR> However, I'm here every day - active on the 100 DWL team, and I always check all my Spark Friends regularly. My weight is stable and my eating is pretty OK - not 'off the rails'. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:00:27 EST Timetabling crisis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856408 I've been feeling like life is all work, work, work lately. It's cold, wet, yucky out and I've not been out walking for leisure much - just to and from work stuff. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I've been re-assessing and looking at all the things I want to be able to fit into my life - and realising that it just doesn't all fit! Every work day has about 8 hours of work, 2 hours of travel, about 3 hours of personal care, food and housework time, 8 hours in bed, - that leaves about ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:06:33 EST No progress is progress ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855494 As I stepped on, and off, the scales this morning and got the data - I'm the same, same, same, I realised how important being part of this Spark community is to me. <BR> <BR> Even though I am 'maintaining' a steady weight (in the normal range) - I am still having to apply the Spark rules to my life to stay there - keep an eye on my food, keep doing my movement. <BR> <BR> Simples! If I hadn't come across Spark - I'd probably still be watching my weight climb slowly up and eating whatever I w... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:12:39 EST Keen to be lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852016 Did you see the video Spark Guy posted today - about the young woman who learned to dance in a year? It was very inspirational. About making small amounts of progress every day, based on dedicated practising. <BR> <BR> Then Barbara posted a stanza from Shakespeare on my page - about being so lean that the wind would blow through me............. <BR> <BR> And the phrase 'keen to be lean' came to my mind. <BR> <BR> I might make that my new name - what do you think? <BR> <BR> PS - I wasn... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:44:37 EST An indulgence that didn't go too badly (trigger alert!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844934 In our office at work there was a carrier bag containing two boxes of luxury hand-made chocolate. Each box had 4 x 85g bars of chocolate (all different flavours - you can imagine!). No-one knew whose it was, where it had come from, who it was for: Was it a Xmas gift to the team? Had someone left it there by mistake? <BR> <BR> I tried to ignore it and get on with my day. <BR> <BR> It drove me crazy! <BR> <BR> I was 'good' all day - ate my planned snacks and lunch. <BR> <BR> Later i... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:50:36 EST Buffet tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842690 I found myself at another shared lunch buffet today! Oh my god, what a spread! I took grapes as my contribution. <BR> <BR> I only ate a very small amount (see my tracker today's lunch if you're interested) which I've tracked as best as I can. I didn't have ANY of the desserts that were there (cheesecake, trifle, cherry pie, cupcakes, chocolate biscuits, sweets) and I didn't have any of the chips (Pringles, Doritos) or cheesy pasty twists.............. I diluted my ginger beer 50:50 wit... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:57:57 EST Benfits of beach walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053967282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I live near the beach. I rarely walk on it! But, today I did! <BR> <BR> I have a new pair of 'barefoot' shoes which are designed to go in and out of water - so I took them out for their 'test-run'! They were great! It was a bit cold, but not too cold - and I love to see sand on the floor of my hallway (aka front porch). My toes are glowing now, and I'm feeling good :) <BR> <BR> I'm brewing another pot of... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 06:17:49 EST So near, yet so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839251 I've just been spending some time updating my Spark Page, my tracker and goals etc. <BR> <BR> On the face of it, it looks so easy - I only need to lose 4lbs to reach my goal. But losing that 4lbs and maintaining it is not so easy. <BR> <BR> However, I have managed to lose about 4lbs last year, and keep it off - so another year to lose the next 4lbs will be OK. I'm looking for lasting changes in my behaviour - not quick loss tactics. <BR> <BR> Since I began weighing myself daily (thre... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:32:37 EST It's just food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831407 I had a sort of epiphany today! I realised that I no longer spend all my time thinking about food. <BR> <BR> I used to spend most of my time thinking about my next meal - or my next eating opportunity. I would feel anxious if I didn't have food with me when I was away from home. I would get desperate to eat if the clock went past a certain time. I'd be planning my next meal as soon as I'd finished the one I was eating. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure exactly when this stopped? Maybe it has bee... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:57:57 EST Unwinding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821720 It's only 9pm and I'm ready for bed - yawning and frankly bored with myself! I feel a bit 'aimless' with the 10 days break from work ahead of me - and 'afraid' of wasting it! I also feel a bit lost without the pressure of work. I've been on a steep learning-curve this last 6 weeks or so with my new role at work as an assistant manager - and I am very tired. I felt like I needed some help with this, so I googled it (!) - and found a useful article on wiki-how <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Unwi... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:08:08 EST Bye Bye Butterfly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820505 The butterfly was in the same place and position this morning, so, as I was at home, I decided to move it downstairs near the garden window. Again, it keeled over - and I thought it was dead. I put it on the downstairs window sill - and, blow me, if I couldn't see it's wings vibrating very slightly! It opened it's wings briefly, then shut them again - wow! I opened the window to see what effect the air would make on it. It turned around - hopeful? and ........ nothing - just wings closed... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:13:32 EST Butterfly update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820177 The butterfly hasn't budged from it's spot (as far as I know!) - I'm not going to touch it again, as I'm afraid of damaging it - but I shall open the window tomorrow morning and see if it's interested in going out. I've sent a message to the UK Butterfly people asking what it might be doing......... is it just resting, or is it hibernating? or is it dying? <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:44:31 EST Butterfly story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819557 This story has nothing to do with diets - but it was so amazing that I wanted to share it with you! <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening I found a butterfly in my spare room upstairs - it had it's wings folded shut, and was on the wall near the window. I carefully got it onto my hand, opened the window and offered it freedom. It opened it's wings, but stayed stuck to my palm. I looked at it for a bit, wondering what to do, then it keeled over on it's side with it's wings closed again. I thought i... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:47:25 EST F&M 30/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818963 Chapter 30 is Postpone Eating <BR> <BR> Ha! Well, it's easy to see how to apply this to my behaviour around money: postpone spending. <BR> <BR> So - when I see something I think I must purchase right now - I STOP - and wait a while......... and maybe the desire will fade. The guidance is to put a time-limit on it - say to myself "I'll wait until tomorrow and see if I still want to buy it" then, if I do, I can, but maybe, just maybe, the desire to spend the money will have gone! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:32:26 EST a delicious lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813024 not a great quality video - but wanted to say 'hi!' in person today :) <BR> <BR> (I noticed afterwards that I have berries on my chin, and a blackberry seed between my teeth - but ........ hey.........that's life!) <BR> <BR> This vlog is mainly for my Spark friend Karen - whose vlogs I enjoy so much - sorry Karen, I don't have a proper video camera - but I hope you enjoy the glimpse into my world! <BR> <BR> It's a grey, wet, windy, chilly sort of day here - and I am really happy to be gett... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:14:19 EST F&M reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811747 I've just been away from home for three days - and wanted to reflect on those three days in terms of Food & Money. <BR> <BR> Food: I felt like I ate more, but I didn't really - it was just at different times, and different foods. On the train I did buy a packet of plain, lightly-salted potato chips - which I really enjoyed - which I counted as one of my 'snacks' along with the natural yog and berries I'd brought along. In the evening, the hotel menu was rubbish - and the atmosphere and se... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:10:23 EST F&M 23/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809732 I'm going to be away from home for 3 days - and have decided to take 40GBP with me - will need to buy lunches & drinks & maybe an extra bus fare (thanks Karen for making me think about deciding how much cash I want to actually spend). <BR> <BR> This morning I paid my electricity bill on-line, then I bought a new pair of jogging bottoms using a 25% off promo that had been emailed to me by a company I like. I do need a new pair of lounging-around trousers - but, um, this was an impulse-purcha... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:03:20 EST Focussing in the age of distraction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807377 saw this great mind-map and just had to share it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091328770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> not sure how to make it bigger - will post in my photos as well and see if that can be re-sized Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:35:22 EST Different sort of baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805005 I've got a batch of fruity scones in the oven - and it occurred to me how different this recipe is from the one I grew up with! I could always whip up a batch of scones - easy, right? Flour, bit of butter, egg and milk. Making a scone without those ingredients is a bit trickier! <BR> <BR> The recipe I'm following today is from Forks Over Knives recipe book: oat flour, almond butter (well, I had to use peanut butter), applesauce, fructose, vanilla, soya milk thickened with apple cider vin... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:47:14 EST F&M 17/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804840 Day 17 is called 'Stop wasting food' - which means only eating what you need. To buy, prepare, eat more food that you need is 'wasting food' (and treating yourself like a dustbin!). <BR> <BR> I guess this transfers to money easily if I think about not over-buying food - that's pretty obvious. <BR> <BR> I also know that I need to keep a spending diary for a while, to see how many 'wasteful' purchases I make. For example, I do know that I have bought lots of books that end up going out to t... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:30:40 EST F&M 16/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804391 OK - now this one does have some resonance with me! Chapter 16 in Linda Spangle's book '100 Day of Weight Loss' is entitled "Nurturing power of food". <BR> <BR> So, with food, I have almost got this down now............. it is also about just having a small amount, the stopping. With food, it is so obvious - feel upset, reach for the food-you'd-rather-not-eat and stuff your face in an attempt to 'comfort' oneself. Does it work? Der...... nope! It leaves you feeling worse than before. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:48:13 EST F&M 15/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803474 Day 15 was one of my least-favourite days when I was first working through this book (100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle). It was called 'First two bites' and the task was to take just two bites of a FAVOURITE food - then stop! The idea being that most cravings are satisfied in the first two bites - the novelty, flavour, sensations etc being strongest then. <BR> <BR> I did manage to do the activity - I bought a cookie from the bakery, ate two bites and threw the rest away. However, i... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:14:15 EST F&M 14/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802537 Day 14 of '100 Days of Weight Loss' is called 'Morning affects evening': in food terms this is about not skipping breakfast, which can result in evening eating due to hunger. <BR> <BR> How do I relate this to money? Maybe it's deciding what the day's expenditure will be, and not starting the day by stopping at the shop and buying something unnecessary. Or maybe it's about not bothering to go to the shop when I needed to, then having to rush in after work and pick up stuff that maybe I did... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:54 EST off-piste! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802170 The last two days I've been veering off-piste food-wise...................... which is kind of frustrating after being on-track for quite a while now. It wasn't anything massive really - but I did have a biscuit-bar someone had left in the sleep-in room, then said 'yes' to the offer of another biscuit later on in the day....... then I was really hungry late in the evening (at work) and accepted a bag of maize snacks! The next day I got home from work hungry at about 1.30pm - toasted a bage... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:29 EST F&M 13/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800678 Day 13 is called: Oops, I forgot to eat! <BR> <BR> With food this is about remembering to eat at regular intervals so I don't get OVER-hungry and then grab whatever is to hand. <BR> <BR> With money this could be about paying attention to what's coming in and out, remembering to pay bills, transfer money to savings, read the electricity meter etc - basically not letting things slide so that there is then a mad panic. <BR> <BR> Or it could apply to my goal of saving - save at regular inte... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:20:50 EST F&M 12/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800171 In Linda Spangle's book '100 Days of Weight Loss' the motivator for day #12 is to think about whether I use food as 'fuel or filler'. <BR> <BR> This is a follow-on from yesterday's activity - considering whether what I eat is necessary, or just entertainment! <BR> <BR> For my relationship with money, this is pretty much the same - is this purchase necessary (ie 'fuel') or is it entertainment (ie 'filler'). <BR> <BR> What came to my mind when I was thinking about this and how it related ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:20:56 EST F&M 11/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799609 I am currently working through Linda Spangle's Friends with the Scale book - and one of the things discussed is how the reading on the scale can have the power to change our mood: joy when we lose and misery when we gain! <BR> <BR> Well, I was at the ATM yesterday morning and found that I had less in the bank than I thought. I felt scared and anxious - but I kept it inside, withdrew a small amount and wondered how I was going to feed myself for the rest of the month. In the back of my min... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:59:57 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799313 Today is the day for my second swim. I've come home from work, changed into my jeans, got my swimming kit ready - and my belly is full of butterflies! Why am I nervous? This session may not be lanes, so maybe I won't be able to swim up and down as I did before. But, hell, it's just a matter of getting IN THE POOL and swimming up and down at least 12 times. I can do this! <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I did it - it was lanes, and I had a whole lane to myself :) gosh it w... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:47:41 EST F&M 10/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799020 Day 10 is Appreciate Good Support - which, Linda Spangle writes, is about accepting compliments etc - and not batting them aside by saying things like 'oh, I expect it'll just go back on again' or 'oh, it's these trousers that hold my fat in that make me look slimmer, I'm not really' etc etc. <BR> <BR> This includes not negating the successes I achieve. So, yesterday I bought a coffee at a motorway service station for £2.85 when I was on a 3-hour journey with three other women (we'd set out ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:49:37 EST F&M 9/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798794 I'm skipping this day: it's a bit like yesterday's activity - telling people what you want them to do or say, to support your weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> For example, Linda Spangle suggests the following scenarios:- <BR> <BR> "If you see me eating something that's not on my diet plan <BR> - ask me, 'Should you be eating that?' <BR> - ignore it entirely <BR> - ask me if I've had a bad day <BR> - give me a hug" <BR> <BR> So - that can be transposed to money:- <BR> <BR> If you see me bu... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:16:21 EST F&M 8/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797796 (two blogs on one day, because I didn't get to blog yesterday - this is today's!) <BR> <BR> This day's lesson is about asking for help from those around me. So about not tempting me etc. <BR> <BR> When I did this day's activity with food, I was disappointed that my friend didn't really listen to me, and later did exactly what I'd asked her not to do. So I've come to the conclusion that I can't control what other people are going to say to me - I can only control my reaction - so my inner ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:12:55 EST F&M 7/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797794 Today's 'lesson' from the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle is about reminding myself that <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> That's it: I can stick to my food plans. I can stick to my exercise plans. I can stick to my financial plans. <BR> <BR> Done deal! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:08:30 EST F&M 6/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796845 This day's activity is about defending your resolutions against sabotage from others. With food this is 'oh, go on, it won't hurt you' etc etc which tempts you off the food plans you had. With money it's the same 'oh, go on, it really suits you' or 'it's only £5.........' or 'you deserve to treat yourself from time to time' etc etc <BR> <BR> So - although I didn't have a chance to test this today - nobody invited me to spend money today - the tactics for defending my plans are the same for... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:22:51 EST F&M 5/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796388 Day #5 was one of my favourite (top ten) lesson from the 100 Days of Weight Loss book - and it applies beautifully to money too. <BR> <BR> It's about WAITING and PLANNING! So, for food it means that if you feel you want to eat something that's off your plan (eg pizza) you write it down in your notebook (I make a note on my phone) and then PLAN how and when you can meet that desire. <BR> <BR> So, that is a great one for me with money too - I cannot have it just because I see it - I have t... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:40:47 EST F&M 4/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795617 Today's activities are about how to stay on-track whilst also letting go of perfectionism - and allowing a bit of slack from time-to-time. <BR> <BR> My 'narrow' track is sticking firmly to my savings goals and personal spending plan - saving as much as possible from my day-to-day allowance too. In food terms, this is sticking to the diet plans. <BR> <BR> My 'wider' track is sometimes allowing myself to make an unplanned purchase - it this happens, then I will immediately assess the sit... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:46:27 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795615 There were some serious obstacles to going swimming this morning: I woke at 5.30am with a really sick headache and it was raining heavily. I snoozed until about 6am, aware of my headache, then got up and had a glass of water and two Ibuprofen tablets, made a cup of tea, and went back to bed. I felt terrible - there was no way I could go swimming! <BR> <BR> By 7.30am my headache had faded quite a bit, so I got up and dressed (put my swimsuit on under my jeans!) and remembered I had some cat... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:36:11 EST F&M 3/100 - stage 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795382 Yesterday my activity for 'do it anyway' was to decide on how much I want to commit to saving. <BR> <BR> I've spent some time doing sums and come up with the following:- <BR> <BR> To build up an emergency fund for three months' essentials would be a goal of £3258. <BR> <BR> But there are two things that I need to save up for immediately: my son's wedding in June 2015, and the one week holiday following that. I've calculated that comes to £925. <BR> <BR> I only know that my salary is in... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:21:07 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795363 I have my swimming kit laid out ready for tomorrow morning, and the money I need. No excuses! <BR> <BR> My first session plan from the SWIMFIT programme looks like this: <BR> <BR> warm up: 3 mins easy swimming + 1 min rest <BR> skill: hold a float in front + kick for 4 lengths: rest after each length until breath returns to normal <BR> main: swim 8 lengths + rest every 2 lengths until breath returns to normal <BR> cool down: 2 mins easy swim <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how I'll time my minutes... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:25:01 EST F&M 3/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794720 Today's activity is about 'doing it anyway', even when you don't feel like it. <BR> <BR> I don't feel like sitting down and working out how much I want to commit to saving. I might not get this done today - in fact, I know I won't. So I will do this tomorrow evening. <BR> <BR> I have read a lot of advice about how to set a savings budget - and the one I quite like is by a UK blogger called Frugal Queen! She suggests you work out how much you need to pay all your bills, and pay for your t... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:11:21 EST swimming intentions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794079 I'm starting to get cold feet about going swimming.............eek! <BR> I've got to do it because you're all watching me and I've said I will. <BR> I also know that I will LOVE it once I get past the fear! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:30:45 EST F&M 2/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794077 Today's activity is to decide to be committed to financial health, not just interested, and to carry out at least one thing today that proves it! <BR> <BR> I kind of failed a bit today - because I DID make an impulse-purchase........ which had been in my mind, but not truly planned - so I used food money to buy YARN! <BR> <BR> It thrilled me to choose the two juicy coloured balls of wool from which I am going to knit a two-tone tweed-effect hat. I do NEED a hat...... but, um, I didn't pla... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:29:44 EST