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/ Insert obscenity here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199940 For almost 3 weeks I have been trying to compose a blog. The collective madness that seemed to take over large swathes of the UK - or at least large parts of England and Wales, rendered me unable to string more than a couple of words together. As each new madness unfolded, the words that mostly sprung to mind were "what the [insert obscenity here]! <BR> <BR> Still it continues. Most of our politicians seem to have also been struck by this overwhelming bout of insanity. The official 'Op... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:57:41 EST My sort of kind of Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187776 Last week I celebrated a sparkversary. Well, kind of. I kind of celebrated and it was sort of my Sparkversary but not really. I actually joined in February 2009 *gulp*. Over the years I've lost some weight, then for one reason or another, lost focus somewhat. Only to come back months or years later with all the weight regained. <BR> <BR> June 14th last year I once again came back. And yes, I had regained all the weight I'd previously lost. I was determined that this time it would be d... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:12:16 EST Sticks and Stones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185380 I have been meaning to blog about an entirely different thing the last few days, but somehow it doesn't feel comfortable following the murder of Jo Cox. No doubt I'll come back to it another day. <BR> <BR> Jo Cox was not my MP. Her constituency was nowhere near where I live and I didn't know her personally. As some of you may know, I am involved in local Politics. I know my MP well though he is a member of another party. I know the Elected Mayor well though she is a member of another p... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:27:16 EST Rain Stopped Play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173245 Poor Guy Forget is having a torrid time I imagine. This is his first French Open as Tournament Director having taken the job on in February, and the weather in Paris has been awful for a lot of the time over the last week or so. There was a particularly bad storm on Saturday that wiped out a lot of the electrics so when play re started, the electronic score boards weren't working and many of the TV camera's weren't working either. ITV who were televising the match here had one overhead cam... Mon, 30 May 2016 18:49:02 EST Damp Squib http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168278 At last the day had come. The start of Roland Garros - otherwise known as The French Open. The first day and obviously the first rounds don't offer up so many mouth watering prospects by the way of matches, but there were a few I was looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Play got under way but I wasn't watching initially. I had chores I needed to do so figured I'd save my tennis viewing time to watch the matches I really wanted to see. And then the rain came. Play was stopped for quite a while ... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:19:13 EST Full Circle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167720 I was describing to my eldest son about the quinoa salad today. What's quinoa like he asked me. Kind of like cous cous I told him. "I like cous cous" he replied. "I know" I answered, "I'm your mother after all"! "Fair enough" he responded and then went on to say "so if cous cous is kind of a less good substitute for rice, then quinoa is a less good substitute for cous cous"? Frankly it was all too complicated to pick that apart so I kind of vaguely agreed. <BR> <BR> So then we move on t... Sat, 21 May 2016 19:02:44 EST Tasty and Delicious Hot or Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166458 Zesty Quinoa and Mixed Bean Salad - Tasty and Delicious Hot or Cold. That's what it said on the packet, and at a cost of one pound for two portions it was a no brainer. Quick to cook too - what's not to like? I found the answer to that question last night. I cooked it up and served myself one portion whilst leaving the rest to cool down. <BR> <BR> Zesty? Tasty and Delicious? They are 'aving a larf! I failed to detect the merest hint of zest. And it most decidedly was not Tasty and ... Thu, 19 May 2016 18:07:46 EST Five years younger/healthier week one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165057 There are so many things I need to address that it would be a full time job to cover them all. So I figured, start with two or three core issues. Things that are really affecting my health and well being and so, vital to deal with. <BR> <BR> The first was the insomnia. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Trust me - I know this to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the sodding truth! I can't say I've totally cracked it but then I wouldn't expect to in the space of a week.... Tue, 17 May 2016 18:58:37 EST Re focussed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164328 It's only six days since my decision to re focus and 'get back on track' but as Monday has always been my weigh in day, I weighed myself this morning [sigh - yesterday morning now]. In fact you could almost call it five days given I checked in and weighed myself last Tuesday evening. Call it what you will, I've lost 2 lb 10 oz between weighing in last Tuesday evening, and Monday morning. I'm happy enough with that. In a sense, the actual amount of weight lost doesn't matter, as long as I'... Mon, 16 May 2016 19:00:28 EST St Totteringham Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163593 It was late arriving this year, but arrive it did. Just as surely as night follows day. What the hell is St Totteringham Day I hear you ask? It's the day when us 'Gooners' [Arsenal fans] celebrate the fact that for yet another season, it is mathematically impossible for our local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to overtake us in the league. Normally it comes somewhat earlier than the last day of the 'season' which today was. But this year, it was much closer. At the start of today, Spurs were ... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:00:19 EST suficiente ahora http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160983 I have become pretty good at finding live tennis streams. It started with relying on the advice of other [online] people, but now, I've rather found my way around. I've learnt some of the by passes and tricks as it were. I even have some people asking me for help now days. So, this evening I settled down to watch Nadal vs Kohlshreiber. I'm not going to go into the details of the match or even the outcome just in case anyone else is as nuts as me and plans to catch up later. But really? ... Wed, 11 May 2016 18:02:57 EST It's Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160331 The last few weeks have been crazy. Local election campaigns are always hectic and naturally things go wrong on occasion but this year seemed worse than ever. Never mind. We survived. What with that and all the business over the house and mum etc, I've lost my spark focus a bit. I even forgot to weigh myself the last three Monday's. <BR> <BR> Time to regroup. Some time ago I wrote about 'ten years younger'. I lost focus on that too what with everything going on. My sparkversary [fro... Tue, 10 May 2016 19:50:50 EST Oh Dear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148764 It's election time and as party chair, I have to approve everything. Last night I had to draft a leaflet that needed to be printed and delivered today. No worries, I quickly composed the draft and asked the main candidate to make any adjustments he felt were appropriate. He couldn't do it last night but assured me he'd get it to me by 9.30 a.m this morning. Meanwhile, another party member was going to go to a local printers when they opened at 9 a.m to get a price given it was a rush job ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:32:25 EST Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145179 I blogged some time ago about the situation with my house. Trying to come to a decision has been so hard. Not least because obviously it has a knock on effect to so many other aspects of my life plus impacts on the children, especially my sons who both still live with me. <BR> <BR> I have gone round and round trying to make decisions about what to do regarding the house. I could resolve my problems by taking out an Equity Release. As I'm rather young [in terms of such schemes], I'm limi... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:19:41 EST The Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144391 Monday 11th April was mine and my daughter's birthday. Usually we go to the beauty salon near my home and have a treat or two but they aren't open on Monday's. So we did that the Saturday before. On our actual birthday, my daughter arrived just before 9 a.m with a lovely bouquet of flowers for me - a great start to the day. She then popped into town while I faced my first decision of the day. Monday is my weigh in day and in recent weeks I've been putting weight back on. Should I skip i... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:36:29 EST Cooey - I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134159 Just about. I'm still hanging on in. Nothing as yet has been sorted about the house. I'm not giving up. Not on that, or losing weight and getting fitter, or indeed anything. British Stiff Upper Lip an all that. "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense" - Winston Churchill. <BR> <BR> Can't say I agree with all his politics but he was right about that. NEVER Give in. <BR>... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:21:14 EST That Was The Week That Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106995 Or TW3 as the TV programme became affectionately known as back in 1900 and frozen to death. <BR> <BR> And boy what a week it has been. Saturday 20th Feb we did our mad dash to mum's flat. Despite suffering from a bad back, and a cough that really has me worried, Elaine drove us in her camper van. Elaine is 72, outrageously outspoken, incredibly funny, with a huge heart, and is a real trooper. Along for the ride was Sally, aged 70 - a real 'child of the '60's. Seemingly endless energy an... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:51:09 EST Fear, Irritation, Anger, Frustration, and - Gratitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099327 <BR> I blogged recently about the situation with my house. Of course I'm fearful about what will happen. How will I resolve it all? Can I answer everyone's needs and if so, how? I've tried to acknowledge the fear and set it aside so I can actually take action. I'm not religious but one of my 'mantra's' if you like is; <BR> <BR> Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, <BR> The courage to change the things I can, <BR> And the wisdom to know the difference. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:53:13 EST Feeling the love - oh to be a Gooner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095891 Actually I've been a 'Gooner' since I was a primary school child - more years than I really want to own up to. But, what is a Gooner, I hear you ask [well some of you]. A Gooner is a supporter/fan of Arsenal. A team in the top English football league. Or a soccer team as you Americans [wrongly] would say. What you call 'football' is of course American Football. Very entertaining it is too - though the commentary sometimes sounds like a totally different language to English. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:31:24 EST Lately I don't feel much like talking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093777 <em>335</em> I get too low with no reason <BR> You say its the moon or maybe the season <BR> But something's not the same <BR> And I won't let my mind believe <BR> Baby, something's wrong <BR> Or the feelings gone <BR> I can't make it anymore <BR> I can't make it anymore <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> Any of you that 'know' Richie Havens work will recognise that opening verse from 'I can't make it any more'. As I type it, I can hear his voice. Such a beautiful voice. Many moons ago, when I... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:03:04 EST Tizrella you SHALL go to the Ball. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090160 Actually once again it wasn't a ball. Not even a dance. Merely a meet up with friends in a pub in London. Some of you may recall that prior to the festive season when my worker friend was here, I simply had too much to do to go with him to meet with friends in London. Well, he is here again which btw is why I haven't been around much this week. Anyway, we were invited to meet up with friends once again - this time to celebrate the birthday of one of them. There is still so much to do, b... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:42:34 EST Back to life - back to reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084319 From the end of October until the end of January, there are so many things going on that it's almost like I'm not totally living in the real world. <BR> <BR> October 31st - Halloween <BR> November 5th - Bonfire night <BR> 21st November - Youngest son's birthday <BR> December - The festive season <BR> New Year. <BR> 6th Jan - 12th Night <BR> 18th Jan - Eldest son's birthday <BR> End of Jan - The Australian Open. <BR> <BR> So, now the Oz open is over for another year, I'm finally at the point... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:40:43 EST To Bet or not to Bet (warning - Oz Open Spoilers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083412 <BR> Do Not Read unless; <BR> <BR> A] You know the results of the Women's final,and who is competing in the men's final or <BR> B] You don't care. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Still with me? So, in a few hours, the number one and two players in the world will battle for the Australian Open title. Since Murray won his semi final, I've been reading comments about how he CAN NOT win. Really? It's impossible for him to win? Why are they playing the match then? Why don't... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:08:56 EST I deserve it you know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082743 According to an email I received from my internet/phone/TV provider earlier, I deserve the ZTE Blade L3 Fantastic. If only I knew what a ZTE Blade L3 was I might appreciate how much I deserved it even more. <BR> <BR> A bit of research informed me that the ZTE Blade L3 is a 'phone. What's more, it will apparently do the things my iphone does. And I will only have to pay the measly sum of 8 pounds and 50 pence each month for the next 24 months to have this wonderful new toy that I deserv... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:08:58 EST Gas and Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081748 Ever since they were born, I've encouraged the not so tiddly, tiddly peeps, to ask or tell me anything they wanted to. Mostly this is a good thing I think. They trust me to be honest with them, to treat their concerns with respect, and I guess most importantly, it kept communication open during the 'teenage years'. Of course there is a flip side. On three or four occasions I've had conversations where they've told me things that in all honesty, I didn't need to know and frankly would have... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:59:25 EST Jumping Jack Flash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080837 Yesterday evening I tried to get a few hours shut eye because I wanted to watch three matches from the Oz Open in the wee small hours. I didn't manage to get much sleep but I got up again around 2.00 a.m and sat myself down at my computer in the dining room to indulge in the tennis. Oh and boy did I enjoy it. 8.00 a.m my youngest left for school while I looked forward to watching the third match. But I figured I'd go and lounge on the settee in the sitting room to watch. Mistake. Woosh ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:34:14 EST Just get up and MOVE Tiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079833 Well now, what am I going to do to get myself moving again? I can hear the chorus as you all holler, "well doh Tiz, just get up and MOVE". Fair enough. But what am I going to do when I just get up and move? How often am I going to just get up and MOVE? What will I do to make sure I remember to just get up and MOVE? How am I going to be accountable for my plan to just get up and MOVE? <BR> <BR> As I pondered these questions, I came across a Spark Article - 60 Second Cardio Moves which ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:51:28 EST A gain again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078982 Weigh in day today. Stepped on the scales to find I've re-gained 1lb 10 oz this past week. Was I disappointed? Natch. Was I surprised? Not really. I was shocked at how much I've regained but I knew I hadn't had a 'good' week. I knew I hadn't moved enough. I also knew my eating hadn't been brilliant. I hadn't blown out and had anything really bad - just too many of the things that I consider 'proceed with caution' foods. Partly because of wanting to use up what I already had in the f... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:17:06 EST The 'Chippy' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078050 A month or two ago, a new fish and chip shop opened at the bottom of my road. I haven't tried it. In fact, until today I hadn't been anywhere near it. My worker friend tried it when he last visited but I declined. This evening I realised I needed to get some more milk, so I had to go to the shop next door to the Chip shop - my immediate local shop closes at 4 p.m on a Sunday. The 'chippy' is part of the British psyche and frankly, the fact it hasn't occurred to me to check out a new chipp... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:48:01 EST A mother's dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077269 I am facing a huge financial problem. Which brings with it a moral or 'parental' dilemma. Forgive me, I don't want to go into the details here. But is there a point as a parent, when it is OK to put our own needs or desires first? Or at least on an equal footing. My children are aged 22, 21, and 19. They are not babies. The 22 year old no longer lives at home. <BR> <BR> I have to make a decision and take action bloody quickly. I have my views about the best way to deal with the sit... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:55:20 EST My Gorgeous Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076501 Today my daughter completed her final exams in her Neurobiology Degree course. Earlier she rang me to say she'd also got the first of her results back and she'd got a first in her translation of science into medicine, course work. Naturally I am extremely pleased for her. Plus immensely proud of her. Not least because she overcame many difficulties at school including the most hideous bullying. When I think of how she was treated, I get so incredibly angry. She however has moved on and ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:54:34 EST Where there's a will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075665 I blogged recently about aiming to look/be 'ten years younger/healthier' and in particular how during week one I was going to work on my sleep pattern. Possibly not the best timing because, I've found another site to stream the tennis. Which means now the Australian Open is on, I am up until the wee small hours watching tennis. And fitting in what sleep I can. Crazy you may say but then I AM crazy about tennis. And so grateful that I can now watch all the grand slams [not just Wimbledon]... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:47:10 EST He's got the key to the door, never been 21 before........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074757 Greetings my Sparkly friends. <BR> <BR> The birthday celebrations were fab. The present opening took quite some time. Firstly because there were soooooooooooooo many presents. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c46bf4e-3271-451b-92eb-e6ef236e8c30.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Secondly [as I taught all my children to do], the birthday boy read each card carefully. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a771ce2-9e97-453e-b2b9-487fac237f05.JPG"> <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:25:04 EST 21 for 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072083 Just hours now until we celebrate my eldest boy's 21st. He remains disinterested. He was clear he didn't want to 'go out'. In fact, he didn't want a 'fuss' made at all. He didn't want any presents, and he'd really rather just have a normal day. I told him I accept his right not to celebrate, but, me, and his siblings, want to acknowledge the day. To which he responded that we should go right ahead and celebrate if we wanted to. And then he threw me by saying "Frankly mum, it's merely th... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:49:35 EST Birthday Cakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071252 When my children were small, I'd make their birthday cakes. No problem. Oh but the decorating of them. I'd try and keep it simple but even so, I just couldn't do it. I'd be in tears of frustration. One year, on my daughter's fifth or sixth birthday, my friend P rang, firstly to wish me happy birthday. Yes, my darling daughter and I share a birthday - how's that for the Best Birthday Present EVER? P then asked me if there was anything she could do to help with the preparations for my dau... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:59:12 EST My not so tiddly, tiddly peeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070456 On Monday, we will celebrate my eldest son's 21st birthday. I'm struggling to get my head around that. <BR> <BR> When they were mere toddlers, I started to sometimes call my children 'my tiddly peeps'. Tiddly = small. Peeps = a slang word for People, mostly used in the 80's and 90's. More recently, when I use the phrase, I refer to my 'not so tiddly, tiddly peeps'. Because in all honestly they aren't 'small people' any more. I know this. After all, my daughter will be 23 in April. ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:02:24 EST Truly Madly Deeply http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069573 Two weeks in and already I'm beginning to truly madly deeply think, that I'm not all that keen on 2016. My not so tiddly, tiddly peeps, are truly, madly, deeply saddened. First Bowie who they all loved, now 'Snape' as they think of him. Both only 69, both lost to cancer. Take heart I told the not so tiddly, tiddly peeps - at least none of us are 69. <BR> <BR> Oh but look who is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bdabc97-332b-44be-ae27-c2138c71e625.jpg"> <BR> <... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:03:07 EST Sleep - perchance to dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068728 10 years younger/healthier I said. By 20th March I said. Well it's not going to happen on it's own is it. Is it? No, almost certainly not. So I figured I'd best you know, actually make some plans, set some goals, and all that jazz. <BR> <BR> About 14/15 years ago when my children were still very young, I was working nights. I existed during the week on 2 or 3 hours sleep per day. On Saturday mornings I would get home from work and my husband would go off to his job. The children wo... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:44:42 EST You remind me of the babe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066908 Goodbye Starman - you Legend. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvyN<BR>Og4jSRg </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2721b6c6-e205-4133-8a58-b79d65004478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:25:04 EST Deep Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066039 I said I'd try and organise my 'start pictures' today for the '10 years younger [healthier] project because my daughter was due to visit and I knew she'd take the pictures for me. She did indeed visit but we were so busy chatting that I forgot to ask her. Late this evening I remembered and so asked my youngest son to take some pictures for me - which he duly did. Without question. And herein lies the problem because my daughter would have asked "do you actually want them taken in PJs mum"?... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 18:46:20 EST Ten Years Younger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065102 A long time ago I wrote on my spark page that I wanted to look 10 years younger. The phrase comes from a TV programme that years ago my daughter and I would occasionally watch and frankly - extract the urine from. Basically they took the subject [victim] of each weeks show [occasionally a man but mostly it was women], put her on a busy street or in a busy shopping centre, and the presenter would ask people to guess her age. This is where the urine extracting would start because I would alw... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:48:53 EST 12th Night and beyond. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97b689f6-2d1e-4897-a444-5b7b608a5276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well so I'm told. Because my cunning plan worked - as usual. Some of my friends did indeed come and hoover up the calories for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Before the onslaught: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f18b74b0-07c0-4d17-9e6c-793cd4f70f2d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Early evening - joshing with some of the youngsters: <BR> <BR> <img sr... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:16:17 EST Glad Tidings I Bring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060337 Weigh in day. And I'd lost two of the three pounds gained over the festive season. Granted the '12 days of Christmas' aren't actually over yet but whatever - I'm happy to record a loss. There is still 'stuff' around the house that could derail me but, as ever I have a cunning plan. Pretty much every year, I host a 12th night soiree for friends and neighbours. They get to hoover up the dodgy calories, I get to spend time with friends. And clear my fridge. What's not to like? <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:58:16 EST No Milk Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059167 "My love has gone away". Herman's Hermits. Who remembers the group, let alone the song? Actually I think I preferred 'My Sentimental Friend'. It was 'No milk today' though that popped into my head earlier. Except the words in my head were 'no Spark today' - and for the second day running. Has anyone else had the same thing? No 'best of spark' no 'spark recipe' or 'spark exercise of the day'. "Sparkio, Sparkio, why hast thou forsaken me"? <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Nob... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:22:32 EST Pluck the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057382 Or carpe diem as you may know it. <BR> <BR> I started writing this blog on New Year's Eve when I'd discovered I had gained 3lbs. Probably more now. C'est la vie. New Year's Eve, is a good time to reflect on the year. Or at least as good a time as any. So I've regained 3lbs. That doesn't change the fact that I re started this journey in June and I finished the year 25 1/2 lbs down from that point. It's not stellar. It's not a mind blowing loss. But it is a loss. And I've stayed wit... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:52:34 EST Baggy Trousers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054869 Actually, more baggy clothes in general. Sunday I was going to a little Christmas soiree. I was uncertain what to wear - especially given most of my clothes are still in the boxes/bags recently returned from the storage company. On a whim I decided to go and have a quick look to see if I could find anything suitable. Within a couple of minutes I found a simple knitted dress that had a vaguely Christmas theme to it. I was delighted though a little concerned it might now be too big for me.... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:00:08 EST The Winds of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052648 I hope you're all having/have had, a Sparkling Day. Mine as ever has been wonderful. A whole day and evening with my three wonderful children. Now they are adults, it's rare I get to spend a whole day with all three of them together even though my two boys still live at home. I appreciate this time with them and the fact they want to be here with me at Christmas. I've always felt my job as a mother is to bring them up to be independent and not to 'need' me all the time. If they 'want' t... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:34:41 EST Who was that man? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052263 "Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? <BR> Who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong? <BR> Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop? <BR> Who put the dip in the dip da dip da dip? <BR> <BR> Who was that man? I'd like to shake his hand <BR> He made my baby fall in love with me" <BR> <BR> Remember that song? For some reason it's been going round and round in my head for the last few days. No, I have no idea why either. I don't particularly like or dislike it, it has no spec... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:33:47 EST Dashing through the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051047 It's been a crazy week or so. My 'worker friend' and I sorted and sifted. We cleared and we cleaned. De cluttered and re organised. At times we were like a couple of whirlwinds blowing through the house. Mind you, sometimes by the end of the day it was more a case of forcing our <BR> "heart and nerve and sinew <BR> To serve your turn long after they are gone, <BR> And so hold on when there is nothing in you <BR> Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!" <BR> <BR> Is the... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:15:15 EST Cinderella me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049008 No, you shall not go to the ball TizCinders. <BR> <BR> I was invited. Well, not quite to a ball. But for the evening out in London with my 'worker friend' and some other friends. Late afternoon I realised it just wasn't going to work. I needed to press on here with the de cluttering, sorting, and cleaning. But oh dear, as he left to get the train, I have to admit to feeling a bit like Cinderella. So far though my fairy Godmother hasn't pitched up. <BR> <BR> Still, look on the brig... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:02:27 EST