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/ What my mother said! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760434 When I was about 6 someone gave me an autograph book. I don't know why. I didn't exactly hang out with 'famous people'. To be honest, I've never really seen the point of getting the scribble of some famous person anyway. Unless it's on a cheque! Like all children though, I enjoyed being given an unexpected gift. It was perhaps around A6 in size, had a red cover, and the pages were all different colours. I loved it. And I used it to get comments and 'words of wisdom' from the people ar... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:48:42 EST Getting a grip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654131 Whether she intended to or not, Tresswann has reminded me that actually, I'm very lucky. So, I'm putting my grumpiness to one side and counting my blessings. Maybe I'll be able to wear one of my lovely dresses when we celebrate my daughters 21st - maybe I won't. But what the hell, either way, I'll still be able to celebrate her birthday. And I'll be able to celebrate having a beautiful, thoughtful, considerate, kind, intelligent, funny, daughter. Quite frankly, that matters far more than... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:16:25 EST Struggling on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653521 I don't like February. Actually, that's an understatement [if not a downright lie]. I hate February. Each year, I try to avoid 'wishing it away' on the basis I shouldn't wish any part of my life away. Instead I negotiate it as best I can. <BR> <BR> But hey, February is gone. We are well into March when I normally feel quite chirpy. Not this year though. The 'blues' seem to be lingering. I've been back on the healthy eating wagon for over two months now and basically, I've lost the su... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:50 EST Lessons Have Been Learnt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621579 Eek! I sound like a Politician. You know, when there has been a huge mess up that could have been avoided, and members of the current government [doesn't matter which 'flavour'], appear on the idiot box saying, "Lessons have been learnt - we can't allow this to ever happen again". Of course it doesn't happen again - until the next time. Bit like the current situation here with the flooding. I'm sure they told us last year when the Somerset plains flooded, that 'lessons had been learnt' a... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:10:55 EST I made it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618913 Yes! I got through the 24 hour detox. As I'd figured - the hardest thing was going without tea. So it was useful in teaching me something about myself because previously, I would have thought going without cigarettes would be the hardest thing. On the other hand, that may be a testament to e-cigs because it totally worked for me. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, the last hour or two of the detox was hard. The e-cig had run out but actually, the worst thing was really, really, really, climb... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:41:36 EST Alternative thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617244 All week I have been planning to have a 'detox day'. And every morning, I've got up, stuck the kettle on, gone to the loo, fed the cats, made a cup of tea, switched the computer on, read the daily headlines etc while drinking tea and smoking a cigarette. And then thought, 'oh dear, I'll have to do it tomorrow'. The detox that is. <BR> <BR> Having gone through the same routine this morning, I got to thinking. Do I really want to do this detox? Am I avoiding it? What am I concerned ab... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:54:23 EST 8lb of Mind talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606482 Tiz + I'm looking forward to weighing in tomorrow. I've stuck to the healthy eating really well I think. <BR> <BR> Tiz - Humph! Not done any proper exercise. <BR> <BR> Tiz + True but I've been really good food wise and that has to be a positive thing. <BR> <BR> Tiz - Oh don't be ridiculous. As if one week is going to make a difference. How dumb am I? I put back on all the weight I'd lost - go figure! <BR> <BR> Tiz + Not all the weight actually. I got a grip again 5lbs below my s... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:22:52 EST Veggie, veggie, veggie, yeah, yeah, yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602693 Made a wicked Veg curry this evening. Best of all, it's a 'one pot' meal', cos I added in some chopped up potatoes which means the carbs and extra fibre are already there - no need to cook rice or naan bread. Anyway, I made a huge big pot of it which means plenty to freeze in portions for my very own 'ready meals'. <BR> <BR> I also made a vegetable lasagne. Well, kind of. I cooked too much pasta last night so there was about a portion or so left over. I hate wasting food and always lo... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:08:06 EST Doing it proper again innit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601553 Easy day cooking wise. Made a vegetable soup for lunch. Luvverly. Still some left for lunch tomorrow. Youngest son also wants some tomorrow. The rest I'll put in the freezer. Eldest son is at his dad's tonight so only had to cook for my youngest boy. He was at his dad's last night so tonight I cooked up some pasta and gave him that with some of the sea food pasta sauce I made yesterday. Had the same again myself because I love it! <BR> <BR> Started using the nutrition tracker again... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:36:36 EST Raring to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600508 As anticipated - my eldest boy opted for pizza for his family 'birthday meal'. Actually, to be honest, he fancied an Indian but my daughters b/f doesn't like curry [probably never tried it but that's another story]. So, pizza it was. Rather than order take away, I bought a load of pizza's from the supermarket which meant we had lots of choice, plus I was able to select the least unhealthy pizza options. To an extent. We had a lovely evening. But of course there were various nibbles. An... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:45:59 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595199 Felt cold and grumpy today but I took myself off for a walk anyway. Finished up meeting a friend in town for coffee which was good. Also, emptied one of the freezers - found some prawns and some scallops. Had onions, ginger, garum marsala, chilli, coriander, and cumin, plus tinned tomatoes, so made a curry. Delicious, low fat, low in carbs, good protein - what more can I want? And the boys loved it too. <BR> <BR> Nom nom. <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:04:17 EST Breaking out in a fresh place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593888 Whenever I need to get back on the 'healthy life style wagon', I always go about it the same way. First, I address my diet. If I'm honest, that isn't difficult for me once I focus. I don't have a 'sweet tooth'. I love almost all fruit and veg. I love salad, sea food and fish. I'm not a great meat lover, and really enjoy vegetarian meals. My weaknesses are cheese, and carbs - especially pasta and potatoes. But once I get focussed, I can sort all that, plus portion control. Luckily I'm ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:06:07 EST Getting out of Reverse Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592808 My youngest son's birthday is at the end of November. My eldest son's is this coming weekend. Sandwiched in-between of course is The Festive Season and New Year. In order to afford all this without resorting to credit [which I refuse to do], I start stocking up extra on our basic food stuffs for the cupboards and freezers in late summer. However, by this stage of January, we are basically using up what's left. And whilst it's not terribly unhealthy food, it's not exactly the totally healt... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:19:28 EST In reply to @Tresswann and @MoveitMary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590605 You're right Mary - it would make a comedy of errors show. Though probably no one would believe it. Anyway, I stated in my last blog 'I'd probably forgotten some thing'. Well how could I have forgotten the hiccoughs on the actual day? <BR> <BR> The floor boards and kitchen cupboards were replaced just a few days before C word day. So, at last I could put up the decorations. And the tree. The 6 ft real tree that I indulge in [truly, if you buy locally, it's greener than an artificial tr... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:23:35 EST Chaos theory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587413 I mentioned the other day that loads of things had gone wrong. I did say I wouldn't bore you with the details - that day. But didn't you read the bit where I said "I'll save it for another day"? Tsk! You should always take in the detail and read the small print. <BR> <BR> Firstly, the drain just outside the downstairs shower room started flooding. So, we rodded it and it eased. But a few days later, it flooded again and we had a good few inches of water in the 'garden room'. Natch I ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:26:02 EST 12th Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584728 So, I've spent the day, taking down decorations, getting rid of the tree, blah blah blah. I didn't think it would take long really - I don't go for much in the way of decorations. I always have a real tree. And lots of candles. Plus table cloths and cushions and garlands and....... well more than I realised really. So, here I am, just putting away the last Christmas mug, plus the cushion covers and oven gloves etc that were drying. Oh and checking the last of the Christmas dinner servic... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:55:58 EST Festive finkings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577027 Here I am again. It was all going so well last time I was here. And then, it all went so wrong. Problem after problem. I shan't bore you with that now - I'll save it for another day! Meanwhile though, I managed to put back on every lb I'd lost. I don't think because of over eating so much as crap eating and not enough exercise. And stress. Whatever, the weight is back. <BR> <BR> Which leaves me with a choice. Whinge, moan, give in, or, pick myself up, and get on with it. <BR> <B... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:50:10 EST Holiday review part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476041 The boys went home. I felt really sad waving them off. But my friend Mandy arrived later the same day. She was coming the day after her birthday for the weekend, so I wanted to 'treat' her. I'd planned all sorts of luxury's but as the weather was so amazing, I didn't need them. We spent some time sitting on the verandah catching up, then we wandered along to the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693403331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bliss! <BR> <BR> Back to th... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:27:48 EST End of summer blues (holiday review part one) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474924 Yesterday my eldest boy started at college. He wants to do an extra couple of A levels before going to uni so is doing a years intensive course. Today my youngest boy started back at school in the 6th form. I can't believe my youngest is now in 'further education'. It barely seems five minutes since they were all pre school! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's a month since I returned from my 'holiday'. It seems much longer. As the summer is drawing to a close, I've decided to 'review' my time away... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:03:01 EST Red sky at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468222 Shepard's delight. Red sky in the morning - shepherds warning. So they say. Here's some 'red sky' pics I took whilst I was away. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852675469.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450794959.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1332417957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good portents indeed - here are some pics I took during some of my 'walks'. As you can hopefully see, the weather was glorious. <BR> ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:35:25 EST Family reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458297 Had an amazing time in Liverpool. Or to be more precise - The Wirral. My cousin's half brother and wife accommodated me. Felt like I was staying in a luxury hotel except it was better than that, and much friendlier. <BR> <BR> I've been longing to meet Cousin Dawn from Oz for years and finally, it happened. And you know what - it was brilliant. I just took to her from the start and we had so much in common. Including our sense of humour. I'd only planned on staying one night, but Bar... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:06:16 EST barbecue fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452090 Went to a barbecue at a friends house today. I had meant to walk there - it's about two miles, so figured that would offset some of the food. Was running late though so had to grab a cab. Still on the upside - meant I could wear heels. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703699988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was only once I was there I realised that meant I couldn't walk home either. Luckily I was offered a lift. Anyway, I had one burger in a bun, a chicken leg, and... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:25:01 EST An Epiphany Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451183 I promise I will get around to posting about my 'holiday' but things are a bit hectic at the moment. Anyway, I wanted to share what seemed like quite an important thing. <BR> <BR> After the first few days of my trip, I was at the lodge on my own for a week. Some people would find that quite daunting but it suited me. I'm a bit of a strange mixture because I am a loner, yet I do love people and enjoy spending time with them. Anyway - my moment: <BR> <BR> I don't ever look at myself in a... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:09:00 EST Convalescing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450214 It's an old fashioned word but I guess that's what I was doing whilst I was away. I meant to blog each day and upload photo's but somehow that didn't happen. So I figured I'd do a series of blogs when I got home, detailing my 'break away'. <BR> <BR> Until I actually got home that is. Teenage boys left home alone - I expected a mess. My daughter warned me I wasn't going to be happy. So, I expected bad. But oh my, I didn't realise just how bad, bad could be! This is what I came home t... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:15:33 EST Helllllllllllloooooooooo - time to catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430905 So many hurrahs! Firstly, my operation went ahead on June 25th - no complications. Bruising and swelling will take up to 12 weeks to go down but is already much reduced and hardly noticeable from a visual point of view. Total recovery time is up to a year but again, to look at me you wouldn't know. I have some facial paralysis but it's hard to see. Obviously I can feel it but I'm confident it's temporary and will ease in due course. In fact it's already much improved. As is the hearing... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:31:13 EST Operational frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392476 I should have expected it. My operation was cancelled. Now scheduled for the 25th June so another week to go. I've been so messed around over this and all I want is to get it over with. <BR> <BR> Previously, one of the junior doctors told me that I was wrong, and it couldn't possibly be affecting my hearing. Yeah, I guess he was right and a lump pressing on my facial nerves can't possibly affect my hearing. The fact I have no hearing in my right ear now is purely coincidental. And I ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:23:24 EST 5 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355828 Tomorrow. That's how long until my op. it's not a major thing but it's kind of focussing my mind. There's a ton of stuff I want to sort out beforehand. I started writing out a list but hey it just went on for ever almost. Plus was all over the place. So I thought, sod the list - just DO something. <BR> <BR> 7 bags of rubbish and a ton of recycling stuff later, I reckon I did 'something' even if it wasn't all I wanted to do! Whatever................ <BR> <BR> I also figured I'd try a... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:30:12 EST A roller coaster ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354421 That's what the last few months have been. Lose a bit, gain a bit, gain a bit, lose a bit. Except the last few weeks, the 'bits' I've gained, have been bigger than the 'bits' I've lost. As a consequence, when I weighed myself last Monday, I was 5 1/2lb up on a month ago. Humph! <BR> <BR> I took a kind of 'week off' this week. I've still been mindful of what I'm eating but not so focussed. I felt I needed a deliberate break so I could regroup. I've got the date through for my surgery - ... Sun, 12 May 2013 21:35:15 EST 8 out of 10 cat owners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338496 Will understand. <BR> <BR> My kitten isn't a kitten any more. Actually, she isn't really mine either. She belongs to my daughter and her b/f. But she lives here. And I buy her food and look after her. So I kind of figure she's mine. Anyway, when we got her chipped and had her injections done, I warned my daughter that her kitten would have to be spayed very soon as cats breed young. <BR> <BR> Daughter ignored my advice - natch. So now, the damn cat is in heat and 93% of the local... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:05:24 EST Never give in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336679 I am getting a mite frustrated. A tad irritable you might say. Or even ever so slightly bamboozled. For almost four months now I've been basically plateauing. And my last three weekly weigh ins have been ridiculous. <BR> <BR> 1] gained 4lb <BR> 2] lost 3lb <BR> 3] gained 5lb <BR> <BR> I mean come on - how can I gain 5lb in one week? I know it's been birthday celebrations and the like, but I haven't over indulged to that extent! I've been so frustrated with it this week, I've had thre... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:57:39 EST I require a refund http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326788 Well, I would if I'd paid me to arrange my boot camp. Suffice to say, I had overlooked certain things such as having to go 'electioneering' for the local County Council elections. Plus sadly, a funeral. So, my boot camp didn't really happen the week before last and horror of horrors, I gained 4lb despite eating pretty damn healthily. Just to rub salt in the wound, last week I was knee deep in various birthday celebrations which involved meals out, cake, wine, cake, chocolate, cake, twiggl... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:21:14 EST Spring boot camp - planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309440 Well come on, be fair, I couldn't just 'dive in' and get on with my boot camp. You have to plan things properly. Which involves a lot of 'thinking' and er, munching seemingly. Odd how planning for a 'boot camp' seems to involve far more eating than usual. Still, you know, the human brain is very complex so obviously, needs lots of fud - doesn't it? <BR> <BR> Especially in my case 'cos I don't seem able to do anything the 'normal' way. Hours of exercise on the treadmill, stepper, rowing m... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:46:34 EST All Fools Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308023 That's what April 1st is in the UK. A quaint old tradition that as a family, we didn't indulge in so much today due to us all being somewhat dispersed elsewhere. Thanks to the hideous government 'reforms' coming into force today and over the next couple of weeks, the newspapers didn't focus on 'fools day' too much either. And often where they did run a 'fools day' article, it fell flat because people assumed it could well be true in the current climate. <BR> <BR> On a personal level, th... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:32:20 EST ke sera sera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306680 <BR> <BR> It's my birthday on the 11th April. At the beginning of the year, I set myself a target to reach 119lb by 8th April. To be honest, it seemed a bit of a soft target as I was around 126lbs. 7lb in 3 months didn't seem that hard. But as I've said previously, I seem to be plateauing at the moment. When I weighed in last Monday, I was 125lbs and 4oz. 6lb 4oz in two weeks does seem a tad harder. Still, she who dares wins or something. <BR> <BR> I have no idea really how I've do... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:00:12 EST Well I'll be bum sprizzled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296624 As Worzel Gummidge would have said. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApCPpFNiiLY </link> <BR> <BR> Since just before C word time, my weight has yo yo'd somewhat. Maintain, gain some, maintain, maintain, lose some, maintain, gain some, maintain, lose some, gain some, maintain, maintain, and so on. The same few lbs going and coming. <BR> <BR> Frustrating but I've kept going. I didn't get where I am today by giving in to a set of scales that didn't tell me what I wanted them ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:29:05 EST It will only take one more person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283250 I intended to write about Mothering Sunday today [which was celebrated yesterday here in the UK]. However it will have to wait because I am incensed by the Chris Huhne/Vicky Price business. Yes, I know it's a UK thing - apologies to our American cousins. <BR> <BR> But if I hear/read one more person saying it's such a shame blah blah blah, given it was such a minor offence, I will feel very tempted to disembowel them, then hang their entrails prominently at their local court room or some s... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:11:19 EST Becoming Human http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277912 I'm not sure, but I think that is what is happening. Examine the evidence; <BR> <BR> 1) Yesterday, and again today, I cooked a small amount of food. Placed it on a plate. Introduced small bites into my mouth. Chewed. Swallowed. Repeated. Drank coffee. Washed up. At no stage during my existence as a fever ridden flu bug did this occur. <BR> <BR> 2) Checked skin before bathing. Pinkish, smoothish, no shiny sweat induced sheen as per during my fever ridden flu bug existence. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:11:02 EST Up is down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274835 In is out, backward is forward, and high is low. Or so it seems looking at 2013 so far. To recap, by 17th December, I'd got past the point where I fell off the spark wagon in 2009 [and naturally put all the weight I'd lost back on]. Hurrah for me. And I maintained over the festive season. Double hurrah! And then throughout Jan and Feb, I maintained, gained, lost a little, maintained, gained, maintained and so on. Saturday 23rd Feb I went to a wedding which was great, but yet another si... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:50:58 EST Darwin Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253029 The Darwin Day lecture on Monday was fun. Not perfect but very interesting. Daughter bought the latest [signed] Brian Cox book. Me, being more into politics, I bought a copy of Owen Jones 'Chavs The Demonization of The Working Class'. I must stop buying any more books though until I catch up on my reading list. <BR> <BR> Went to a 7oth birthday party on Friday at a local 'Lebanese' restaurant. The food was superb - I did resist the 'dessert' though. And the birthday cake. <BR> <B... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:36:23 EST February Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246753 Here I am, turning up like a bad penny once again. Things just seem so hectic now. I'm getting more and more involved in local community stuff. Of course, the more one gets involved, the more people one meets, and the more one gets asked to help with various things. And of course, it's nearly always things that are important and I find I want to help and so I agree and then life is even more hectic. But fun. <BR> <BR> Oh and whisper it quietly but, I seem to have gained a social life ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:47:32 EST Not drowning but waving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214776 Helloooooooooo <BR> <BR> Where did the last couple of months go? Youngest son's birthday, C word time, new year, eldest son's 18th birthday. Not to mention local campaigns and stuff. 3 seconds ago it was the middle of November,now it's the middle of January. And that's without stepping in the Tardis. <BR> <BR> OK quick update. I actually managed to continue losing weight up until the middle of December. Hoped to maintain over the festive season. C word eve weigh in - spot on. New yea... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:03:01 EST A week is a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139592 in politics. And it's certainly been a long week for me. The Hustings was quite an experience. I was very girly swot and did my homework though on all the local issues. Then I typed up an alphabetical list of the various things that might be raised, with little prompts to remind me of relevant points. I don't think the others had done that and as a consequence, I was able to give more detailed answers for the main part. Part way through, I realised I wasn't nervous any more and in fact ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:51:42 EST How and why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131939 Do I get myself into these scrapes? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow evening I have to do a 'Hustings'. So, people in the audience can throw up whatever relevant questions they wish, and I, along with the other candidates, have to come up with a coherent answer. I might be asked, about my opinion on the hospital development, the rail link, the plans for the top end of the town, the concreting over of a set of allotments, moving the market. Closing night clubs in the area earlier. Police crime commissi... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:19:54 EST Fame at last but I'm still here anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131023 Well not that it matters. Unless you happened to notice I wasn't here. But anyway, I was - in spirit at least. And I've stuck to eating healthily. And trying to move, move move. <BR> <BR> I'm standing in a local bye election. Normally such things would be very low key. Suddenly though, the local paper is all over it. And me. Like a rash. I can't move for 'election' stuff. We're talking local Council here, not the frigging President of America. <BR> <BR> Bright blessings <BR> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 22:40:12 EST Alternative fireworks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125434 Remember, Remember, the fifth of November, <BR> Government treason and plot, <BR> We see no reason <BR> why Government treason <BR> should ever be forgot. <BR> <BR> Cameron guy, 'twas his intent, <BR> to stitch up the whole of parliament, <BR> 150 texts he did hide, <BR> So the Brits wouldn't know how he had lied. <BR> <BR> By Murdoch's duplicity he was catch'd, <BR> By a red top editor with hair to match. <BR> Oh Labour boys, Labour boys, don't be too smug, <BR> 'cos you might also, have t... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:23:39 EST Anything you can do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122962 Just the other day, Blitzen40 cane up with a cunning idea to roller skate on the treadmill. Hmm, two for the price of one - clever eh? Reckon I can top that though if I think about it. Hah! Yes, got it, I could cycle on the treadmill. Cleva Trevor me. <BR> <BR> Oh Blitzen, <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> Anything you can do I can do better, <BR> Anything you can do, I can do too. <BR> Anything you can do I can do better. <BR> I can do anything better than you. <BR> <em>335</em> <... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:52:25 EST I must have put my motivation down somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122004 And now I can't find it. I've looked behind the settee. I've checked through the laundry. I've searched in the bathroom. Hunted in the sitting room. Sought for it in the dining room. Explored in the garden. I even peeked in the fridge - shut the door quickly though, the cheese dish was looking at me in a very tempting way. Could I find it? Nope. It's definitely gone missing. Maybe I left it under the bed? Or have one of you lot *half inched it? <BR> <BR> * English to American ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:54:09 EST Maybe I haven't quite got the hang of the whole 'goals' idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119594 These were my October Goals - along with my outcomes. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Continue with my de cluttering - Done though not at consistently as I'd like. <BR> 2) I'm not much of a TV watcher though I do watch Dr Who, and Question Time. So, I shall set up my portable exercise bike and 'cycle' whilst watching. - Fail. <BR> 3) 15 minutes exercising a day minimum. Hit and miss. <BR> 4) Stick to healthy eating regardless of the biopsy outcome. Done. <BR> 5) Meet up with friends I haven't seen f... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:59:06 EST Oh to be a Gooner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118353 Well actually, I am. And have been since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Sadly, I can't get or afford tickets to their matches any more. And tonight's match wasn't on TV. Nor could I get it on live streaming. So, I had to follow it on a MBM blog [thanks Guardian - still love you a bit]. <BR> <BR> So it was just typical that it was all going so incredibly wrong. Par for the course this week - weigh in day yesterday and I'd put 3lb on. Grrrrrrrrrr! I'll show them damn scales next w... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:37:55 EST Oh come on now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113018 Earlier this week, I placed one of my mega, supermarket internet shops. Lots of cat food, potatoes, washing powder, cans, and so on. All the heavy stuff it's hard to carry back weekly. Plus of course fresh fruit and veg for the next few days. I also decided to order myself a treat. <BR> <BR> A bar of chocolate? No. A cake? No. Biscuits? No. Come come now - we all know I don't have a 'sweet tooth'. Ah, cheese? Nope. Taramasalata? Nope. OK, I'll tell you. Spicy Morocco-an chicke... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:21:28 EST