TIZSLIM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIZSLIM TIZSLIM'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/ Countdown - 15 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434378 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The on again off again pound is off again this week. As is the additional 3lb that somehow sneaked on to the body of The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be]'s body last week. Furthermore, an additional pound has disappeared [at least for the time being]. Yes,The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] has disposed of a total of 5lb this week. Granted I kind of fig... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:21:12 EST Countdown - 16 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432307 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Weigh in today. There is now 4 pounds more of The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] than there was last week! The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is NOT best pleased. In fact it is fair to say, The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], is angry. Very, very angry. <BR> <BR> When The Hottest Most Stylish Moth... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:44:12 EST Five minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432037 The trials and tribulations have been coming thick and fast the last year or two. I'm constantly trouble shooting, fire fighting, finding work around's, making do. In short - struggling. I've always been A] mostly optimistic and B] stoic when times are difficult. But lately I've felt quite despairing - especially recently. Last night was a real dark night of the soul for me. I kept reminding myself; <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1124f65d-9a04-409a-85f8-965f... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:49:03 EST I don't know what it was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430751 But it must have been bad. Really, really, really bad. Mega bad. We're talking off the scale bad here. Something I did or said? Or didn't do or say? Approximately two years ago. So off the scale awful bad, that The Universe itself is conspiring against me. Well the malign aspects of it are. Bringing all its forces crashing down on me as punishment for whatever crime it was I committed. "What shall we hit her with today" [the malign aspects of] The Universe wonders. Then it sniggers ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:22:05 EST Next Generation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430457 I've been kind of dipping in and out of the 'NextGen' tournament in Milan. Partly because I've had too much other stuff to deal with. Partly because it seems a bit of a nonsense [especially as Zverev chose not to play - understandably], and partly because I really, really, really, don't like the format. <BR> <BR> It totally changes the way the game is played and for me, does away with much of the mental strength aspects which I consider a major part of the game. Still, it's kind of satisf... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:42:07 EST Countdown - 17 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430135 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Weigh in today and would you believe, the misplaced pound has turned up again? It's hiding somewhere on The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be]'s body. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] has had enough now. Delete, delete, delete! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79e3edc8-4897-420d-a78e-19f69b9daa5c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wh... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:26:49 EST Jiggling and Juggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429518 I've been a jiggling and a juggling trying to use up fresh food, clear some space in the freezer, have a variety of dishes, and stay within my dietary plans. Don't fear the take over by the Robots just yet - the Human Brain is capable of so many individual calculations. Included in mine are use by dates of all the 'yellow sticker' stuff and having to leave some space in the fridge and the freezer for my boys. <BR> <BR> Actually, not entirely sure why I have to leave some space for them. M... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:32:35 EST Lets go Andy lets go........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429190 This evening I've been watching 'Andy Murray Live' - the charity event in Scotland. Andy Murray is one of my all time favourite players. Not because he's a Brit, but because of his tenacity, his skill, his determination to keep improving, his humour, and his overall attitude - including his humanitarian and feminist stand points. So after his major injury concerns this year, it was good to see him back on court and looking reasonably good. A way to go yet but it was promising. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:54:30 EST New System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428840 Prior to The Worker Friend's sudden visit, I'd been to Tesco a number of times for 'yellow sticker shops'. Actually lets face it, yellow sticker shopping is 99% of my shopping these days. I was eating almost 100% vegetarian and had quite a bit in so didn't plan on going shopping for some time. But when The Worker Friend suggested his sudden visit, I felt I should maybe go and shop for something a bit more suited to his tastes. He'll eat whatever I cook [there's very little he actually dis... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 17:17:36 EST Bleurgh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428491 I need to make some freezer space so, last night I got out a pair of kipper fillets and put them in the fridge to defrost. This morning I steamed them with some chopped up cherry tomatoes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5158868-e4b5-494f-a291-0f678f9e7072.JPG"> <BR> <BR> After taking the picture, I felt there was too much oil/butter so I removed it, gave them a quick blast in the microwave and sat down to eat. I don't often have kippers but on the rare occas... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 17:00:23 EST Countdown - 18 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428197 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], lost half a pound this week. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], aint too bad at basic maths and so has calculated that at the present rate of progress, she will be ready in around 3 to 4 years. <BR> <BR> Granted, The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], can be very per... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:36:01 EST Round and round and round I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427601 Yesterday I had yet another appointment at the Citizens Advice Bureau regarding the situation with my house. The woman I saw was actually pretty helpful. She suggested a number of things for me to try including going on line and seeing if I was entitled to Legal Aid. Naturally I tried that and computer said no because I have too much equity in my house. <BR> <BR> Phoned her today to update her. "Did you say you own the property" she asked. "Yes" I replied. "But that's the whole problem... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 19:57:21 EST He's gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427263 The Worker Friend left lunch time today. It was a short 'n' sweet visit. We [that's the 'Royal We' btw] achieved quite a bit. As I mentioned in my previous blog, he surprised me with a washing machine and plumbed it in. He also fiddled about with the dishwasher. Not sure it's working perfectly yet but it is at least working. He put a new junction box in for my landline and I definitely have a connection again now though rather crackly. I'm hoping it's just because the 'phone wasn't pro... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:54:36 EST A Halloween shock - He lied to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426923 Like me, my 'Worker Friend' is very environmentally aware. In fact, his PhD was basically grounded in environmental politics. Hence he has a small van but only uses it when he really has to. Therefore, when he messaged me last week to say that he was getting the itch to take the van for a drive and would it suit me for him to come up for a few days so he could help me with more stuff on the house, I naturally said yes. Ours isn't and never has been a romantic or sexual relationship, but o... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:59:32 EST Countdown - 19 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425667 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], is a little concerned at the lack of progress. So, lets just focus on The Tree for this evening........ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/949416d9-2752-4e6f-820c-1838281f89a6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:00:14 EST Worth a try...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423993 Still struggling with insomnia. In fairness I haven't been following my self imposed plan just recently. I'm starting over again tonight but without the sleeping pills etc - just to see where I'm at. I have been cutting down my caffeine intake though. Maximum of four cups a day - the last being at least 7 hours before bed. <BR> <BR> I've had nothing to drink this evening since a cup of peppermint tea about 4 hours ago. Partly in the hope it will stop me from keep getting up for the loo! ... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 18:53:18 EST Countdown - 20 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423674 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], had the most awful dream last night. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], dreamed that daughter arrived and told her she and fiance had separated and she was staying with a friend. The awful thing was,The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], hadn't quite got it out of her h... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:10:00 EST The Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423383 Sometimes The Universe is sending us a message loud and clear, but we just can't or don't want to, hear it. Yesterday I received notification of the Court Hearing for repossession of my house. Can you believe the hearing is set for my wedding anniversary? Had life worked out as no doubt me and Bonkers' ex both hoped, then on the date in question we'd be celebrating our Silver [25th] anniversary. Instead I'll be in Court still dealing with yet more fall out. <BR> <BR> So last night I was ... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:33:11 EST A letter to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422776 We all have 'tricks' we use. Maybe to motivate ourselves. Or to get through dark days. There's loads in the various 'self help' psycho babel books. But today, I used one I had figured for myself, long before I read any 'self help' guide. Long before I ever studied any psychology in a formal way, in fact. <BR> <BR> When I was really troubled and didn't know which way to turn, I'd write myself a letter. Not an advice letter. No. I'd write a letter to my 'wiser' self about all the things ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:56:35 EST Won't somebody think of the children? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422469 I have been at a very long and difficult meeting this evening. The meeting was regarding Nascott Lawn which is a care centre for severely disabled children. Some children go there for day care. Some have occasional overnight stays in order to give their parents some respite plus time to spend on other children within the family. Nascott Lawn is a very specialised facility with staff that are exceedingly knowledgeable about the needs of the particular children and families it serves. It's... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:17:52 EST The Great Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422149 <BR> Here in GB we're fortunate that we don't suffer from extreme weather conditions. To be fair, Scotland can get pretty cold and oh my is there a lot of rain in Wales. But overall, it's a pretty temperate climate - especially here in the South of England. So much so that even in the midst of winter, anything above a half inch of snowfall seems to grind everything to a halt. Leaves on the Line can delay or even stop trains apparently. When it was pointed out to the train companies that... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:54:25 EST Oops. Sorry Canada. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421805 I mentioned on Friday how I like to pick 'n' mix ideas. One of my many recipe books is 'C' word recipes around the world. Though obvs it's not called 'C' word in the book title. But I refuse to mention THAT time of year by name until December. My little fight back against the commercial interests that are flogging us 'festive' tat in July. Anyhow, in December, I like to dip into the book and cook different festive recipes from all over the world. Likewise on July 4th and Thanksgiving Da... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:57:08 EST Countdown - 21 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421464 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] lost 1lb last week. Or at least, thought she had lost 1lb. Turns out it wasn't lost - merely misplaced. When The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] weighed in yesterday, she'd found it again. Without even looking. Impressive that eh? <BR> <BR> Truth be told The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the Hist... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:31:03 EST The Psychology of Superstition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421171 Well it is Friday 13th <BR> <BR> Worker friend was planning on visiting a friend of his for the weekend. Late afternoon I got a text from him: <BR> <BR> "Did I mention feeling antsy about driving to Nick's on Friday 13th? Drove the van downhill to the petrol station, put 30 quid of petrol in it..............." <BR> <BR> Quite possibly you're thinking 'and'? Worker friend's van is a diesel. Ne'er the twain shall meet. His only option was to call a recovery service to flush the petrol o... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:19:26 EST A little ray of sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420848 My current situation is difficult. I don't know how or when it will be resolved. Nor do I know what my circumstances will be when things are resolved. Except I'm pretty confident they will be 'better' if only because things will be sorted and so, I won't be living with all this uncertainty. Whatever the outcome is, there isn't much I can do right now. <BR> <BR> From the age of 11 I had a friend - KS. She and I were so close. The years went by and we didn't see each other but still st... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:21:04 EST 50 GB Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420516 Is that a lot or a little? Money pounds I'm talking about - not weight pounds. For the last political fund raising meal I organised, I negotiated a price of £10 per person with the restaurant. That was for a three course meal plus coffee. Other drinks were extra. We charged £15 per head. Most people also bought wine. A number of 'couples' joined us. £30 for their tickets plus wine, along with other 'fund raising' on the night, probably came to around £50 per couple. Not a lot for an... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:37:22 EST Ode to Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420159 Broccoli oh broccoli <BR> with your stalks so knob-er-ly. <BR> How you bring such joy to me <BR> especially as you were free, <BR> even better than 12p <BR> the last amount I paid for thee. <BR> What better gift could there be <BR> than beautiful green broccoli? <BR> <BR> You think that is stretching 'poetic licence' - wait until I attempt an 'Ode to Carrots'. <BR> <BR> Broccoli and chick pea bake <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d748572-43fe-498e-8754-8eaadd6aa1f1.... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:38:31 EST Dear Daisy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419809 Today is the anniversary of your birth. It's twenty years since you passed away, but still I think of you and smile. Even if I hadn't loved you for yourself, I'd have loved you for the happiness you brought my dear father. I believe that he also brought you happiness in your last ten years or so. And I know your daughters loved him, as I loved you. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I stop and think of you. The cigarettes you'd smoke, almost until the end of your life, held between painted finger na... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:43:17 EST Snuffle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419440 Cough. Splutter. Sniff. Shiver. Splutter. Sniff. Cough. Shiver. Splutter. <BR> <BR> You get the picture? I have a cold. Well to be precise, I'm coughing and sneezing, my throat is sore, my head is aching, my eyes are streaming, and I'm running a bit of a temperature. So either a cold or a throat infection. Either way, miserable but not major. I know the drill. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids [what else would I drink other than fluids?], take paracetamol blah blah blah. Of co... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 18:31:11 EST Countdown - 22 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418802 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] has not had the best of weeks. However,The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] doesn't give in and so, has hunted out her Polly-Anna head which she is now going to put on: <BR> <BR> *whir, clunk, click, whir* <BR> <BR> Right er, hang on a second whileThe Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Huma... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:47:02 EST Start as you mean to go on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418462 An oft quoted phrase but one that is frequently good advice. So I did. Well, sort of. The day was running away with me Tuesday and I realised there wasn't many hours of daylight left. I pulled on my trainers, shrugged into my parka, grabbed my camera and headed off out the door. My feet took me along a route I have followed so many times over the past 25 years or so. A route that starts at Ebury Road. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55e27fc8-05ed-4f50-a1ec-de... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:46:35 EST Maybot Malfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418132 Nothing new there then eh? It's been one malfunction after another. But oh dear Theresa May - that didn't quite go to plan did it? Your big set piece 'conference speech' - the one where you'd reassert[?] your authority, get your cabinet under control, enthuse party members, persuade the great unwashed public that you really are 'Strong and Stable' after all, plus put forward your plans for our bright shining new future etc [yawn]. Instead you coughed and spluttered your way through, the s... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 18:46:11 EST October Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417417 1) Carry on the same. <BR> 2) Hibernate. <BR> 3) Kick the cat <BR> 4) Try some alternatives <BR> 5) Set some goals <BR> <BR> 1 Is tedious. I'm bored with 1. Bored, bored, bored. Yawn. <BR> 2 Is tempting but impractical. Not to mention impossible given I'm a raging insomniac. <BR> 3 Erm, which cat do I kick? And why? How will it help? What positive will it provide for the cat in question? Oh and how do I avoid prosecution for animal cruelty? In fact should I attempt to avoid prosecut... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 19:23:05 EST Countdown - 23 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416683 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is a tad fed up with the on going grind. However, The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], refuses to give in. In fact, The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], is working on the assumption that ultimate success will be all the sweeter due to all the trials and tribulations alon... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:31:01 EST A plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416401 Weigh in this morning and yet again, no downward progress. Mostly these days it seems like my scales have one trajectory only - upwards. After much research, reading, investigating, evaluating, and assessing, I've come up with a plan. A cunning plan no less. A plan so cunning in fact, you could stick a tail on it and call it a fox [as Blackadder once opined]. <BR> <BR> Fear not my sparkly friends. I am not a selfish person. I won't keep all my carefully garnered knowledge to myself. I... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:58:42 EST 5p a bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415743 For many years, plastic carrier bags were given free when shopping in the UK. Most people would do their supermarket shop and fill countless bags. Everywhere you went you could see ruddy plastic bags trashing the joint. Sometimes it felt like the Country was awash in plastic bags - all of which ultimately land up in landfill sites. Two years ago, the Government brought in legislation that meant large retailers had to charge 5 pence for every bag. It was perhaps the one and only piece of ... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:34:14 EST Worker Friend's Weekend Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415020 I've been AWOL the last few days. The Worker Friend visited for a long weekend. A social visit, not a working visit. He arrived Thursday afternoon. We were going to a Sleaford Mods gig in Brixton Friday, with another old friend of Clive's. Plus Clive's widow came too which was good. <BR> <BR> As must be clear by now, such things are currently beyond my budget so my Worker Friend had previously said he would pay for me. That being the case, I wanted to make the effort to cook some good... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:50:55 EST Sushi - I got Sushi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413297 I went to the supermarket this evening for a few items, plus more 'sticker shopping'. Checked out the reduced bakery items. Didn't buy much as I have sufficient bread and rolls. I did buy a cherry pie and a rhubarb pie at 10 pence each because they'll fit in with another charity fund raising event we are planning. Managed to squeeze them into the freezer when I came home. After the bakery section, I ambled along to the reduced veg/fruit/salad section. Lots of broccoli going cheap. I pi... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:55:00 EST Tracking on the Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412580 I wrote recently about my intention to get back on the Treadmill and to do 3 10 minute sessions per day. Truth be told, I found it irritating. So I upped the first two sessions as quickly as possible. Every minute I added, I deducted from the third session. Pretty quickly, I was doing two 15 minute sessions. <BR> <BR> Following the same procedure, I upped the first session minute by minute, and reduced the second session correspondingly. At the weekend I hit the 30 minutes so have dropp... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:51:55 EST Countdown - 25 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412220 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> And I'm relieved to tell you that THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], weighed in 3lb lighter on Friday. Hallelujah! A mere 29lbs to go. Nay sweat - dinna fash yersel hen. <BR> <BR> It's all seeming closer and much more real now. Deposits are due for the hen 'weekend'. Whatever happened to a simple 'hen night'? As well as the 'hen weekend' there is to be a local hen night on a different date obvs. Da... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:56:28 EST 7 a.m http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411574 That was me. Still awake. At 7 bloodystupid o'clock yesterday morning. Despite The Routine. Despite the chamomile tea, the pain killers, the herbal sleeping pills, the lavender bath, the pain relief cream, and the frigging rescue drops as a last resort. Still awake. Seven sodding hours later. <BR> <BR> I was not amused. <BR> <BR> I have friends who tell me they suffer from insomnia. One, finds he can't sleep 8 or 9 hours anymore and considers he's an insomniac because he sleeps 6 ... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:41:05 EST Multi task juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410880 By which, I do not mean a juice that will enable me to multi task. I am only too capable of that. In fact I'm inclined to multi task too often given I think where possible we should concentrate on the task at hand before moving on to the next one. Seems to me that is a quicker way to get things done than stopping and starting and losing track of where we are. <BR> <BR> No. I mean a juice that multi tasks. Or has multi purposes. Two juices in particular. As I mentioned at the start of ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:14:49 EST If at first you don't succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410527 Scream? Holler? Sulk? Cry? <BR> <BR> Hang on message coming in............... <BR> <BR> "This is Tizslim age six calling. Mummy's just written in my book: If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again". <BR> <BR> "Hmm. Well I guess mum's usually right eh little Tiz"? <BR> <BR> "Yeaaaaa. Except she won't let me have the red patent shoes. She says I've got to have black school shoes". <BR> <BR> "Ah well let me tell you, she's right - you do need to have proper school sh... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:03:23 EST Focus for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410167 1) Finding methods to deal with insomnia. <BR> 2) Finding ways to ease the pain of Arthur. <BR> <BR> Consequently I've been doing lots of research today! Hopefully my research will lead to satisfactory results. No time to write more now as I've had a cup of chamomile tea, taken two herbal sleeping pills, and am about to have a 'lavender' bath. Best get on with it! <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:57:28 EST Oh come on 'merica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409755 Like I wouldn't comment on the US open final! So let's be honest. Nadal is one of my all time favourite players. On the face of it, it should be straightforward for him but, I could see Kevin Anderson causing him problems. My feeling was Anderson would have to win the first set to have any chance. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/458d5fb6-c423-41c1-a02e-d8d4e2053934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The match is still in progress and I'm not going to comment on where it's at cur... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:13:17 EST Countdown - 26 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409418 THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Eek! Only six months to go. THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], might just be feeling a tad anxious. The number of weeks to go is getting less [obvs] whilst the lbs to lose are increasing. For the first time, the amount THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], needs to lose before THE Wedding of The Century, amounts to more than 1lb per week. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 17:54:12 EST Report from the Commander in Chief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409118 Observations: <BR> <BR> Yellow sticker shopping is a good way to reduce the food bill and is mostly healthy. However, the reduced price deli salads can be much higher in calories/carbs/fat etc than you'd imagine. Other than that, portion control, calorie/carbs/fat in home made meals are still spot on. <BR> <BR> More exercise is necessary. <BR> <BR> Reduction in stress is vital. <BR> <BR> Recommendations: <BR> <BR> Try to check nutrient ingredients of reduced price deli salads etc. Yes... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 18:55:48 EST Decisions, decisions, decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408750 Quite a long time back, I wrote about a decision I was struggling with. At the time, I decided not to decide [yet] which imo is a valid decision in itself. Now that particular choice has to be made. However, it's no longer a decision I'm struggling with. I know my answer now. Which in itself validates my deciding not to decide decision back then. <BR> <BR> Now I have other decisions that must be made. I don't have the option of waiting. This is all to do with my house and my future. B... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 18:39:41 EST How does your garden grow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408404 In recent weeks/months, I've blogged about 'free food' and 'yellow sticker shopping'. I was asked by one Spark friend if I could grow some food in my garden and that question inspired this blog - though it has taken me ages to get round to writing it. <BR> <BR> So GARDENCHRIS, the answer is - kind of! My garden is maybe 25 foot long, 13 foot wide. In the rear left hand corner, there is a huge false acacia tree. My ex husband planted it soon after we moved in. I had no idea how big it wou... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:50:42 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408009 Again! <BR> <BR> As previously acknowledged, I've regained almost all the weight I'd lost. Including a 5lb gain in one week recently. Up with this I will not put! So I've been giving it quite some thought. It seems to me, that really, the only answer is to go back to basics. <BR> <BR> I haven't been tracking my food for some time. Too much stress and other pressure if I'm honest. But I need to go back to it. I may see ways in which I'm slipping up. Even if I don't, then at least I'l... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:53:02 EST