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11/11/12 4:24 A

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Well done on the gradual loss, Kathy. A gradual downward trend sounds absolutely ideal. It means that the changes you are making are long term, I reckon.

I finally shook off another pound! It is slow and steady now as I'm about 10-12 lbs from my target weight. Portion control comes in big time - I find there is a definite upward trend in the amounts I'm eating if I don't watch it. So that even though I eat in the zone, after a while I don't lose weight. When I was more overweight, eating in the zone sufficed!

Have been off with a virus, so no gymming this week. Hoping to go for a swim today though and a Pilates class tomorrow.

How are things your end? Not so much foraging I guess now it is getting wintry? Or are there still wild treats to be had? It's grey and wintry here generally now but today chilly and blue skied, which is lovely.

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So incredibly nice to hear from you. Keep me posted on your gym journey.

I am losing... slowly - but better than I was. There's more up and down about it... today I get to log another 1.5 pounds down after bouncing upward for a couple days. Still, overall trend is the direction I want. The coaching helps, my trampoline helps, getting some emotional stuff in line helps, and so does dancing. The amount eaten really doesn't seem to make a lot of difference, day to day, but I still keep tracking it.

Stay warm!

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11/4/12 4:06 A

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Hello K, how are you?

I am static at my current weight but not too upset as I ate a bit off piste on our recent hol in Isle of Man. Back to the grindstone now, however! Have joined a gym and started some weights training. I don't like it but it's good for me!

It feels like proper winter here now that November has arrived and our clocks have gone back. Very frosty and dark!

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10/24/12 3:37 A

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Hello K, how goes it?

Have managed to slough off another 1lb - took eleven days this time! We press on. Will soon be starting some strength training, which may help with all sorts of things.

Off on a little mini holiday for 4 nights to the Isle of Man in about an hour.

Hope all goes well with you in every way and that life is continuing to treat you well.

p.s. Love the sound of your coach!

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Many congratulations to you! That's fantastic! Woo hoo!

What I like about my coach is she frames this in terms of successes and what I have achieved in past and so can achieve in future.

Hope your festival was just wonderful.

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Hi K

Ha ha, you interpreted correctly about 'a bit frazzled'! But our literature festival ends tomorrow so things will hopefully calm down here a bit then. Though I have a lot of other work starting next week - editing and teaching in a school - so maybe not!

Great to hear your editing work is pulling in so much money - that is fantastic. Also that the coaching process is going well. What sort of thing does the coach have you do?

Weight loss couldn't be better at this end. Another 2lbs off this week: I've now hit the 25lbs lost target. We are talking about several years to get to this point, mind you! I need to lose about another 15lbs or so but more important than that to me is not to let it all go back on again. They have a good section on that here at SP - have been peeking already!

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10/10/12 10:57 A

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Glad to hear from you! "Okay", huh? "Sounds maybe a bit frazzled" but otherwise all right???

My new coaching process seems to be working... much as I'd like to drop 30 pounds in two weeks and call it good that's not the way it works... but it is working.

PS... starting another contract editing job - just realized that I now make more than my former boss did. Wow! And I found a haiku society with parallel interests over in Bend, where I like to go sometimes. So much is well. I made myself go to LG for folk dancing last night and had a lot of fun. Nice people and I have missed that fun.



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10/10/12 5:28 A

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Thanks for the trampolining tip!

So glad to hear the universe is on your side - it doesn't get any better than that.

Am discovering some nice low carb products online including a bread mix that's really delicious. Also some low carb pita breads. Can't quite believe they are low carb, though.

All okay here.



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10/6/12 11:45 A

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One thing I notice is that my neck gets tense easily when I work. I actually have a mini-trampoline now (about a meter size) and after putting in some hours doing technical work I bounced on that very gently for 10 minutes... all fixed!

Pleased for you that the zone is working so well. My coach/diet situation seems to be helping - and the universe seems to be on my side.

I have used weights a long time ago, but not a lot. Good for bones etc. I have a small pair of weights here - fortunately yoga is "weight bearing exercise too" - but that's the closest I've done.

Hang in there - get a good meditation time in when you can~!

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10/6/12 4:01 A

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Hi Kathy

Lovely to hear from you and that life is treating you well! Well done on the pounds and inches lost!! Also it's great that you have work, but not too much.

Things are okay at this end - my back/neck problems are on the whole lots better, but subject to flare-ups from time to time (I'm in one at the moment). Looks like the problem is more of an on-going one than I'd hoped and it's a case of managing it. It comes back when I'm stressed and pressured.

But we press on. Am shedding a pound a week on the Zone, still, and although I'm a bit fed up with it, the fact that it works is a real blessing. And I am very happy that I can have cappucinos (low carb). The tiny bit of chocolate on the top feels like a major treat!

In the thick of the Ilkley Literature Festival as we speak... this is where the pressure is mainly coming from, in the sense of trying to combine it with normal life. I need to meditate but have slipped up a bit in maintaining that recently.

Having help as you are with your insurance company sounds a great idea and I'm planning to do likewise soon, and join a gym before Xmas to help tackle the next phase of the diet. I'd like to do some weight training. Do you do that at all?

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Hi Mandy. It has been a while... hope things are continuing to go well for you. I've finally dropped about 3 pounds and am working with my health insurance program (free weight loss coaching - someone to check in with and make adjustments with) - good stuff.

I also bought a mini trampoline and that's great for muscle stuff (2" off waist and 1" off hips in 2 weeks).

I've also started working again - just finished editing some case studies on water resources for the State of Oregon, and the (national) Forest Service is hiring me for way more than I used to get to write stories and work on projects - 160 hours to start... but they said it could be as much as half time if I wanted it to be. I love that it won't start til the end of October as that gives me the lovely summer/fall months to play - though really, I can work in the middle of the night if I so desire. It's all good.

Just back from picking domestic and wild plums... delicious.

I hope you are feeling much better than you were and that creative life treats you well...

I've missed talking to you. "Perhaps we should have a poetry Skype some time!"

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Hi Kathy

How goes it?

All ok here, another pound down today so things are slowly moving in the right direction, Feeling a bit fed up of the restricted eating at the moment but am trying to get through the fed-up-ness as I think it will probably pass and is definitely the lesser of two evils.

Off to Derbyshire tomorrow for a 2-day trip to see a friend and stay in a hotel with a gym and pool.

Have done a Feldenkrais workshop? You ever heard of that? It was very interesting, very gentle - all little movements. This particular one focussed on breathing. Nothing but breathing for 3 hours! Lovely.

What news your end? Hope flu is gone now.

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Ooh sorry to hear about the flu. Are you through it now?

Speech and sleep are two wonderful things - glad you have them again.

Sore neck etc etc is getting s-l-o-w-l-y better but I am still very prone to setting it off again. Getting tense and sitting in the same position for a while (especially when done together!!) are a recipe for trouble. I did that last night. Good things are to keep moving.

Following your recommend about moving without pain, I am looking into the Feldenkrais method. It is a cousin of the Alexander Technique, which I used to practice in my 30s. Have you come across them?

A pound down this morning, which is a miracle as I ended up losing 2lbs last week (I weighed a couple of days after my official weigh day and the news was a lot better). Huge gratitude to the Zone, I must say. Amazing that something works during this menopausal time.

Mr MS is cutting down today also. There was a TV programme here about some medical research that has shown moderate fasting cuts risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes virtually down to nil. You have 2 days per week where you only eat about 500 cals. The rest of the time you can eat normally. Mr MS was very taken with this as heart disease is in his family. I watch with great interest.

How are things writing? I have nearly finished the final final final edit of my novel. Hope to send it off for good at the weekend.

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The mansion gym sounds fun.

Fitness has been a bit reduced as I've had the flu for the past two weeks. Today is the first time I've gone from the house other than to get more tissue and orange juice and cold meds!

I saw the mare at last and actually got out and about - carrying my sanitizer with me in case... this is not a cold you want to get.

Nice to have a voice back and to be able to sleep, those are two good things.

How is the sore neck and all?

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Hi again K

How goes it?

I didn't lose any weight this week. I was a bit disappointed yesterday, when I weighed, as I had been very good on the Zone again all week, but I've come to terms with it now. My dear body obviously isn't quite ready to shed any more fat just yet and that is fair enough.

Have paid two visits to nearby gyms to look around over the last few weeks. They let you do a workout, swim, etc, free the first time, to try out the premises. The place I went to today was gorgeous, housed in a lovely old mansion house. I had a lovely run on the treadmill. But I do get a bit oppressed by the gym ethos and atmosphere. Still, I may try a 3 month membership at the end of Oct as a birthday present to myself. I'll be 55 then and it gets a little bit cheaper.

How are all things diet-and-fitness going at your end?


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Hello K, congrats on carrying off the family visit so well! Not an easy one.

And I see a 2lb loss on your ticker - excellent.

My teaching went well, and the group wrote LOTS of poems. We always have a reading at the end, and it is wonderful to hear some of the work that has been produced in just four days.

While away I explored the local leisure centre, once to do a step class (really hard and everyone at least 20 yrs younger than me) and another to go for a swim and sauna. It feels good to be exercising more.

Away again this afternoon to see Mr Noosner's sister on the coast for 2 nights. I'm looking forward to just being home next week!

Hope you are fine and dandy. Let us know how you are doing.

Oh, p.s. stuck like glue to my diet!

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Sounds like a wonderful week!
Congrats on the pounds. I just got back from visiting the family... it went more than well. Though I haven't weighed in yet!

Enjoy teaching, let me know how that goes.

Thurs off to pick wild huckleberries...

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Hey K

I'm back from the Olympics! Went to see the men's table tennis bronze and gold matches. It was great, though greater still was to be a part of the wonderful Olympic atmosphere and see how it is affecting London for the good. Wonderful stuff.

How goes it with you? Any more wild pickins? Have family shenanigans settled down and is your Mum recovering?

Back/neck have prevented me doing anything much on my allotment :(

But things are improving. Slowly, slowly. Oh, and I lost 2lbs today (having stuck to the Zone last week like a religious zealot.)

Off tomorrow to teach poetry summer school. This is going to be HARD diet wise because I'll be staying in someone's house. Will do the best I can, though, and report back to you at the other end.

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Great to hear from you!
So glad your spa was restorative and the Zone is working so well!
I've never done a spa retreat... sounds great!

Just got back from picking wild onions, cous and wild currants -
hiking a couple miles in a research natural area
... and we heard the WOLVES out here for the first time!

Keep me posted...

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Hello K

How was the Friendship Feast? You do sound to get some lovely events in your part of the world.

Good to hear about your yoga and other moves.

My friend and I loved the spa and reckoned our 3 days there was as good as a week's holiday. It helped my neck and made me focus on looking after myself. My friend did exercise classes by the gadzillion but because of also having some massage and lounging around time, didn't get stiff.

I've booked another 2-day stint at the end of September as a reward/incentive! I'll be going on my own this time, not as much fun but I'll still benefit.It is fearsomely expensive, of course.,, I feel self indulgent (heh heh).

I should be 7lb down by then if I stick to the Zone. Had lost 1lb at this morning's weigh in.

Off to the Olympics next week! Then I'm working away the week after, teaching a summer school. Will check in with you in between.

Keep trucking - you are an inspiration to me.

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Good to hear from you! Enjoy the spa and hope it helps.

One pound back down and then holding pattern again. I'm doing many right things... just not quite right enough I guess. hey ho!

I've been doing my moves pretty regularly here - 90% of them are the pain reduction moves rather than more specific yoga, but last night I added in a few more "real yoga" position. Posture/pain both are improved. Oh, and thanks for asking... Mum's at home as of yesterday!

Hang in there yourself... tomorrow I'm probably attending the Friendship Feast (Wallowa Band Nez Perce/present day City of Wallowa) tomorrow, not so much to eat as to hang out at the ceremonies and events. It's about 20 degrees cooler today than it has been so it should be much more comfortable. I got some chicken to prepare as my contribution to the even.

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Hi K

Sounds as if your are being called upon to negotiate several tricky situations (inc the annoying weight jump - was it water retention or made of more solid stuff?) and are doing admirably. Well done! You rock.

Hang on in there - the lowered calories and 5-10K WILL have an effect. Just keep going.

How is your Mum now?

I finally hopped on the scales this morning. Am chuffed with my own bravery as hadn't weighed for a year out of sheer cowardice! Silly, isn't it?

But recently I have felt a few pounds melt away thanks to the Zone, which has encouraged me. Anyway, the damage is 178lbs: 17lbs more than my ticker was showing but on the other hand 12lbs less than where I started back in 2010.

I leaves me 30lbs to lose, so have reset my targets and all and feel all organised now!

Neck still v dicey. Off to a health spa tomorrow for a few days, and methinks the relaxation and massage and swimming may help some. Should it not do so, I plan to start on the muscle relaxant medication when I get back.

Have decided to stop the yoga class I was attending, as on reflection it is way too hard for me and I'm not keen on practising yoga in a room full of mirrors. They have their uses for checking posture I guess, but for me, yoga is an 'inner' thing and I'd like to develop a sense of feel around it rather than sight. A friend has recommended a different class and I'm going to try it.

I hope your class resumes - you always say how much yoga helps you. However, I know you are knowledgeable enough about the postures to practice them anyway, no?

The Zone began to feel a bit punishing yesterday. I have had to turn down cake 3 times this week - baked a cake for Mr MS's birthday which I can't eat and last night a friend showed me a cake she'd made which smelt GORGEOUS.

But the feeling of deprivation and 'poor me' is not entirely a feeling I trust, these days. Or to put it another way, it is only a feeling and it soon passes, unlike the effect of giving in to it.

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good to hear from you.

I had lost 3 pounds and literally from one night to the next it bounced back up.

Yoga teacher took off for "time out" - family drama there, it appears. Not sure when she's back or if she'll be teaching... etc.

Mom's still in the rehab center for her knee... she lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks but not in a good way. And my stepfather is trying to be patient with me but is impatient with the notion of having ideas that might help. Near miss the other day but I managed it.

Thunder and rain this am - probably localized. Probably good... it's fire season here.

Very glad your Zone diet is working, go you! (I've dropped my calorie intake a significant amount and most days get 5-10 K in - but as described above... well!)

Hurrah progress on your novel.

Hang in there, and keep up the pillow rest for your poor neck.

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Dear K, soz to hear about family stuff. Always very tricky, I feel. You are doing well to avoid whingeing.

Probs at this end, too, with my Dad. Am trying not to get angry and hurt in response to his anger, trying not to let childhood fear states be triggered TOO much... it's hard. I don't think it will be sorted any time soon.

How is the yoga going?

Did I mention I've started a class too? it is way too hard for me... I am looking around for an easier one.

Neck still bad but I think getting just a little better - the quality of the pain is gradually changing from mostly sharp to mostly dull. Patience seems to be what's required most. And rest: lying down with head on special pillow 20 mins a couple of times a day really helps, slightly more than drugs or exercises. I'm off anti inflammatories now which is good.

Eating on the Zone is going VERY well. I am back in the groove with it, hooray! Main benefit is never feeling that hungry. I take this to mean that my blood sugar has stabilised.

How's your food going?

Re novel, am in midst of final edit, which has to be done by end Aug.

Hope you are doing well, much love, Noos,


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Great to hear from you.

Haven't been writing for a few months... since Tom's suicide, really. Am feeling moved to try some more, though.

I started a yoga class. Seems I can fall down while sitting flat on the floor. I persist! :)

Current family drama going on. Mostly hiding out to keep from whinging or else getting re-engaged in garbage. Whinging sounds appealing but seems to make matters worse, so instead I'm brainstorming ideas to get outta my stuff. Exercise sounds good. Getting outta Dodge sounds good too.


In more interesting news, how is the novel progressing????




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Hi Kathy

Back from hols now and sticking pretty strictly to The Zone again. Neck and shoulders still a medium sized problem but am trying to get back into some normal activity to release them some. Started a yoga class yesterday. I had to take it super-gently but that's ok. Thanks for the heads-up about the book, much appreciated.

The Zone is anti-inflammatory so I think it will help. I'm on the fish oil big time.

The French/Belgian trip was ace. We moseyed around pitching up wherever we felt like it - such a sense of freedom!

How is exercise/eating at your end? How are the work and poetry projects going?

Love Noos x

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Have a wonderful trip. (And look up a book called "move without pain" - good stuff, easy stuff.)

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Hey again Kathy, how goes it?

Off to France tomorrow... busy stocking up on Zone ingredients because I'm loving the fact that I am starting to lose weight again slowly, and don't want to jeopardise it too much with all those lovely croissants.

Back prob a little better but it has moved to my neck and shoulders now - too much holding myself oddly to avoid hurting back... really really stiff and painful, but I'm trying to relax with it.

Hope to hear from you (back 2nd July)
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That weight can be stubborn at times...

as my back is proving also. Was feeling a lot better, but have now had quite a setback and not sure why. Have been prescribed more anti-inflammatories and some physio.

Things take time, don't they?

Weight is coming down! Clothes fitting better, both trousers and jackets. It's most pleasing.

How's the weather? Are things growing? Wet and windy here.

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hope your back is healing up...

doing lots of good things but weight is being stubborn... lost 2 gained 3 so about where I started.

renewing the attention to detail - and got rid of the butter again.

shopped for fresh f/v!

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Well done on the new gig, K! You rock!

Back still painful here but getting s-l-o-w-l-y better. I can do the exercises the Doc prescribed now without yelling.

The main news is I'm back on The Zone. Been back on it a week. The back problem convinced me to try and do more than I've been doing recently. When I'm heavy, I'm always a lot less flexible and I feel I'd really like some bendiness back. I feel loads better already.

Your green tea is now a daily feature. I have found the Sencha tea, with a little mint in it. It is lovely and makes the taste (of which I am not a fan) palatable.

Had sight of my new novel cover the other day!!! It is wonderful and made me the most excited I've been about publication. I think it all suddenly became real. There is a bit more work to do on the lettering, then I'll post it on fb.

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I've tried other green teas... this one works best for me.. .but all green teas have goodies in them.

Glad you are doing better bursitiswise!

Rainy day here... just got another $500 editing gig out of the blue. :)

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Have got the Sencha tea! Bought one with mint and it is lovely, v refreshing. Also another green tea chai (not Sencha) which contains orange peel and spices. Have you tried other green teas and settled on the Sencha or do you think they would all be similar?

How are things?

All ok here. Bursitis still a difficulty but getting a little easier I think. Doing a big overhaul on my wesbite, something I wouldn't have had time for otherwise! Feeling quite chilled.

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Keep me posted on how you are doing. Lovely day here. All well.

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Crikey, Kathy, that tea sounds amazing. I Googled it and have found somewhere I can get it locally. I am prone to inflammatory conditions and it makes sense to do as much stuff as poss to help, partic once I stop taking the medication.

Sounds like you had quite a situation on your hands at the maternity unit.

The bursitis is turning into something of a retreat. If I push myself in any way (e.g. too much socialising) it really lets me know. Have decided to restrict myself to one 'going out' per day (or one friend-coming-to-see-me (had 2 yesterday and it was too, too much.)

I think this might be good for my writing and reading! It's also surprisingly a relief in other ways.

Eating Zonally just has to take priority too, otherwise I will end up like a barrage balloon, what with not being able to exercise much. Tentative yoga next Friday (but will see how I feel) Have a good weekend.


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Am so sorry to hear about your bursitis... that is uncomfortable.

Just back from a family emergency involving a pacemaker and really grouchy maternal unit. Pacemaker working well, maternal unit still really angry with me. Long boring story. I did what I could to be helpful there, and left.

I've talked to you about my accidental arthritis pain cure, right? I use a Japanese powdered leaf green tea (about a teaspoon of powder a day in tea or cooked into food) - I used to take pain pills almost every day. I now take them almost never. I started using it (antinflammatory/free radical inhibitor) when I had the potential cancer Dx last year and a side effect was that pain went away.

www.groundgreentea.com/ shows you what it is I'm talking about. NO pain in the shattered ankle or the decurvain's arthritis in my hand... at all. I started getting results in just a few days. See what you think.

I'm so excited about your novel!!!!!

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Hi K

Have now been diagnosed with bursitis, both hips - ouch!! It came to a head while we were on our coastal break and it's pretty painful but I'm glad to have a diagnosis. No more ping pong or digging for me for a couple of months tho.

Luckily, I can still write and use the computer and there's quite a lot of work just at the mo with advance promotion for the new novel, so that should keep me out of mischief for the time being.

Have gone back to Zone eating! It's the thought of all this enforced idleness - I fear putting on more weight and the Zone is the only thing I know that's totally guaranteed to stop that.

How are you doing? Do you still do yoga?

Yum to the thought of rhubarb!

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Gentle movement, yes!!!!

I also hit the green tea hard when I've over-exercised and feel joint or muscle pain. Works.

How was your beach break?

Off to harvest some rhubarb! A neighbor is sharing. Will blanch and freeze and perhaps incorporate in some applesauce!




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Hi Kathy. How are things?

Have noticed a small, but significant reduction in my overeating. Seems I can no longer believe it's 'helping' anything. This makes it harder to do in an applied way, though of course it's still possible to do it in a casual way. But progress, I feel!

Back muscle trouble - everything seized up at the weekend and I was crawling around. The spasm ended but I'm still pretty stiff. Lots of gentle movement is indicated, I think.

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Congratulations! Terrific. ENJOY!!!!

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Kathy, any news of your friend who had dropped out of sight?

Computer reduction has been working VERY well for me. My sleep is back on track. One thing I realised: I need about an hour before going to bed, with no TV or anything electronic, just to let my mind catch up with the fact that my body is tired! That way we are as one, and fall asleep beautifully.

Food is going ok, feeling 'continent' in my consumption. Exercise a plenty.

Off to the coast for a couple of days with mr ms tomorrow. Weather here has been horrid but it will be lovely to see the sea whatever!

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I think computer reduction may be a good strategy for me.

Thunder coming tonight.

Worried about a friend who has dropped out of sight. I can't control whatever has happened, but I have been worrying a lot. Feels good to admit it.

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Well done on the 4lbs! That is excellent.

Gradual progress here. The self caring thing is proving to be very important. After some bad insomnia last week I'm cutting down on computer exposure in the evenings - well, cutting it out altogether in fact - and closing the day with some gentle stretching. Have been sleeping a lot better!

Food is ok - a blip at the weekend but the process of gradually cutting down and establishing good and reasonable habits isn't derailed!

How's your week going?

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down 4 pounds :)

had a great birthday yesterday, playing in the woods and with my mare!

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Hi Kathy, are you back now? How was your trip?

All fine here, cutting down on portion size and frequency. Trying not to snack, even on healthy stuff unless I'm really hungry. Interesting to recognise how often I have used food as a mood-enhancer/space filler/knee jerk habit.

But it's ok to have the occasional treat! Made some digestive biscuits at the weekend and they are yummy!



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traveling -so managing food is a bit harder. goes okay generally. in Central Oregon for Nature of Words board meeting... then a dinner with the gal I do the poetry adventure trail for. alllllll gooood.

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Hi doll

All ok, food going really well actually. The letting myself be hungry is a key, because I've noticed that the hunger goes away then comes back later a bit stronger. I am trying not to react to the first hunger, but the second! And occasionally the third!

I've already started to feel a lot fuller a lot sooner when I do eat. The smaller portions are beginning to seem 'normal'.

We have a TV prog called supersize/superskinny here - do you have it? When you watch the habit that the superskinny people have, you start to realise that most eating patterns are just habits. This has really helped me to cut down.

How are you going along?

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how you doing noos?

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just back from dance weekend, editing gig, picking up a saddle, and the fabulous Weird Opera. all very satisfying!!!!!!!

Eating a bit much the last 3 days but am back on track. I like my cooking - less oil and salt - and fewer sweets to tempt fate. Did go shopping for cooking goodies -tahine and such. yum down the road.

mostly good.

but 6 inches new snow this morning. our spring starts in July.

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Hey K well done on the 2lbs.

Am still experimenting with letting myself be hungry, at this end. I think it is working to reassure me that I won't drop down dead if I don't eat NOW. I find that often the feeling of hunger completely passes. It comes back later, sure, but I'm trying to eat on that second call rather than the first.

How is your allotment project coming along??

I am obsessed with mine at the moment. If I'm not down there, I'm on line ordering all sorts or snooping around building skips trying to find useful odds and ends. But I MUST do some work today.

What news your end?

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Another pound down - it shows 2 but is actually 3. Better weight loss through ????

Anyway -what's the news with you?

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When I had surgery, fasting was not that big a deal once I got started. So ... I think some of the ouchness of it isn't physical. It's mental

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Well done on the 2lbs and also on the personal development stuff. No, that stuff ain't easy. Actually I think changing any sort of habit at all requires a lot of courage.

I've been struck how hard it is even to learn a new technique in table tennis. It feels to me that unless I come up with it spontaneously myself, I don't quite trust it. So, if I work out a new serve off my own bat (no pun intended) I am really happy to do it. But if someone teaches me something, I will tend to drift back into my self created habits.

Food for thought? Or maybe not!

Am experimenting with letting myself be hungry from time to time. Hunger was always something I feared/found unbearable when younger, and a lot of this came from my Dad I think, who maybe had low blood sugar and used to HAVE to eat at certain times. There was stress around getting him fed, anyway. I have been wondering whether feeling hunger is really that bad? What do you think?




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making progress - minus 2 pounds

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Main thing the scale thing does is make me try harder and be more frustrated when I stay stuck. But I am improving according to the tracking records, at least a bit more of the time.

Good things are happening here - I got a tech editing job that will pay for my new stove! (just put in) and pay off my remaining surgery bills and most of a new porch for the back of the house. My tax returns were very positive too, so that pays off.

Doing lots of personal growth type stuff. It's not the easiest thing I've ever done but I decided I was allowing parts of my life to be not constructive and so am putting more effort into making things better. Old habits die hard.

On the bright side, that means I'm meeting new people, learning new things, and even traveling a bit.

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Hi Kathy

Gutted for you to hear about your scales, and the 9lbs - hope it hasn't put you off too much. You HAVE still lost all that weight, which is the important thing.

Gosh, sorry I haven't been in touch for a while. The days go by and there is so much to do. I haven't been sleeping at all well - been feeling anxious at night, not for any particular reason other than existential - but the good news is that I seem to have turned my eating habits around for the time being.

I had gone through a phase, almost a year long, where it seemed I couldn't stop myself eating too much. But I think I'm out of it now. I'm not 'dieting' as such, as I don't want to risk tipping over into the deprivation/overcompensation stuff. But I'm eating reasonable amounts, healthy stuff inc lots of fruit and veg, allowing myself to feel hungry at times and stopping eating when I feel full, rather than clearing my plate. It feels to be making some difference.

Exercise wise I'm being very active indeed, what with table tennis and gardening... I ache all over a lot of the time but in a nice way!

How are things with you? Oh, thanks for the link - have passed it on.

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for your friend seeking publication - have her (?) look at www.duotrope.com

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Now I can't make it work either - suspect it has to do with an e-mail link of some sort.

If I find it again, will share.

Well, news of the day - my old scale broke. I bought a new one, and the bad news is that it is off by 9 pounds in the wrong direction.

I've still lost the twelve or so pounds in the last year or so... but from a higher baseline.

This is not the news I'd hoped for. More reason to commit to all this, I guess.


PS.... faultline is very new... I'll think about what else might be interesting.


Happy allotment/tt/etc.

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Hi doll

Faultline looks interesting - not a lot to see online but I guess it's more of an actual magazine of the sort you can hold in your hand? Let me know when your poems come out! Which poems is it?

I may pass the info to a US friend of mine who is wanting to start publishing her poems if that is ok. Any other journals you could recommend she try?

I couldn't read the article about the guy growing stuff on the balcony. Something funny happened to the link. Would you mind reposting it?

All fine here, in fact my newest approach, which is 'being sensible' food wise, really seems to be working, although slowly. I'm just cutting down on portion size and avoiding the worst excesses. Seems like this may be a very good thing long term, even though there isn't much excitement involved!!

But I'll keep you posted. Work on the allotment has now begun properly! I have been digging in a great heap of manure that some kind chap down there gave me. Another bloke gave me an old fashioned lawn mower - a real blessing as its just the thing to cut our grass path. People are v kind. Have also begun work on the garden and have some seeds in propagation trays! It's a great feeling that the whole season is kicking off again.

How is your allotment project going?

Have been doing a LOT of exercise what with table tennis, walking, digging!



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Love to hear that you have holdovers at the allotment! Looking forward to more posts from RG!

Speaking of which - here's an article about small space gardening - it references a London chap who grew $1000 work of produce on his balcony. http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gar
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e=iPost&utm_medium=email probably need to copy paste that in the browser.. worth a look.

I'm just back from a trip to the mountains to see birds and nibble wild watercress. It was restorative! Tomorrow through Sunday - a horse riding lesson, folk dancing, visiting with friends, picking stuff up for a friend in our service town 70 miles off, and generally making the most of a weekend.

It's beautiful here - still winter "up top" - but the trip to the canyon had some green and budding happening.

The new journal is Faultline. I also joined the Haiku Society of America and am meeting some neat new people through that connection, and through a grant writers meeting I attended.

I am so delighted that Honda and more are getting publication. That's terrific!

Keep me posted on the table tennis.

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Oh, amazing! Well done Kathy Wallowa!!

What is the new journal?

Actually, me too with the publishing - 'Old Honda' is being published and the editor asked for more poems from me. Sent them in end Feb. More than that I do not know at the mo.

Sauce sounds ace!

I went down to the allotment the other day and dug like crazy, Rabbits had eaten all my winter crops (purple sprouting broccoli, swede, winter cabbage etc but I wasn't too fussed. There were some little heads of savoy cabbage left (they didn't eat those for some reason) and I made a lovely soup last night, cabbage, celery, carrot, onion, potato.

Table tennis is going strong - playing a lot this week (and next).

'Achin' all over' (old person's version of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates hit) ;)

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great day today! I'm getting published in a new journal, I went to a grant writing meeting, I trained the mare (it was lovely - sunny and mid 50's today!) and the diet is doing much better without the store bought bread. Also... invented a mole sauce (good with anything) of garlic, chili, dark chocolate and almond butter. O my!

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Great to hear from you.

One thing I did that seems to be paying off is look at what has crept back into my diet. The bad guy appears to be store bought bread.

So... I'm going to keep it out of harms way and make squash bread or limited potato biscuits (2 or 3 at a time) which has helped in the past.

Yesterday hit most of the dietary things pretty well and did go swimming. It's a lovely day here, off to take some snapshots of it and feed the little mare...

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Dear Kathy

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. How very sad. Some of the sadness is imagining how terrible that person must have felt to do what he did. Anyway I hope things are gently percolating and that you are as ok as you can be.

Glad to hear there are some nice things happening too. A new tea shop sounds especially good!

Interesting about the bread/cake.

I finally have a slightly less busy week ahead of me.

It is great.

My food intake watching is being helped a little now in that Mr MS is also trying to make an effort to cut down. Having said that, we are both finding it very difficult. We have both got into bad habits again. Funny how easy it is, to get back to a very engrained bad habit and not so easy to establish the new one.

But I am trying really hard now, and congratulating myself every time I resist eating something I shouldn't, even if that's only once a day. For example, during a night at my Dad's (last night) he puts a lot of chocolate out on the table while we sit and watch TV. Because the choc helps me get through the 3 hrs of TV watching, it is harder to resist! But last night I only ate 2 squares and made myself 2 cups of tea instead of eating the rest. Not bad eh.

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I think we are in similar places... I saw my weight go up a bit and only now is it back down to the starting place - only a bit, but it's annoying!

One thing I did was really look at my diet and see if there was anything that typically caused problems - commercial bread from the store is the latest issue so what I am doing is cutting my consumption down and focusing on veggies more.

One thing I made that is quite good and filling is a bread made of typical biscuit mixings, eggs, and squash with a trace of brown sugar on top. It's cakelike, filling, but not as sweet as cake or as easy to overeat.

So far... 2 pounds back down so I'm working on this.

Hope you do something nice for yourself that eases that tiredness (Julia Cameron sez, you know!)

On this end, a lot of emotional flurry. A friend from a few years ago took his life and I am both sad and angry even though it's not anything in my control. A very great learning opportunity, but so unfortunate. I sent the surviving spouse a letter straight away.

Anyway - the lesson in part is to appreciate the good while I can.

In other news a skiff of fresh snow, a new tea shop, a visit with a friend, and swimming Sunday!

Oh... and a book on growing tropical fruits and cocoa and coffee from the library - fun!

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Hi K

Sorry about the intermittentness of my posting here... anyways hopefully this busy spell will be over soon. I feel tired...

How is the Julia Cameron going? She is great.

I am finding it really hard to cut down on the eating. Seems I have got into quite bad habits over the winter and they are surprisingly tenacious too! But I am being gentle with myself and just trying to do my best each day, without fretting over yesterday's imperfections. How is it going with you?

Great stuff about your gardening partners!

Had a rejection waiting when I got home after the days away last weekend. Really disappointed as a really good small publisher had nearly taken my novel on... it had gone around several readers within the company, but in the end the decision was no.

HOWEVER I have found a new publisher online, just opening up for submissions, and am sending again. Also, it is still out with 2 other small publishers. One has to go on trying!

Thanks for your continued support re RG - I really appreciate it.

What are you writing at mo?

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Great to hear from you, too.

Sounds wild there - wild can be good!

Food goes better here than it was but still not good enough to drop pounds. The last week has been relationship hectic in reverse, which is to say I have not talked to the ex lately and after an unhappy few days am better with it. Sure want to eat to compensate... mostly don't go wildly overboard. But better would be good.

I've got a very restorative book - Julia Cameron's Walking the World (it's about practical creativity). Most helpful during these times. Also taking a 6 week writing workshop for $20! And MAKING myself get out more.

Talked to my garden pardners (we're turning my back yard into an allotment for two or three households) and it was exciting. Going to the opera 4/3 if all goes well with the tickets.

I've missed hearing from you but get that you're crazy busy. Still, I find having partners on line does help with the food and such. Meanwhile, I faithfully follow every blog post I hear about (love RG!) - figure at the very least our posts show your potential publishers that ya rock!

Travel safe, have fun... be peaceful!

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Hello pal

Good to have a snippet from you - and thanks a lot for the lovely pome on RG! I love it that you often reply with poesy.

Things are crazy here. I am involved in too many projects and seem to be intent on volunteering for even more. I am working on staying calm and not getting too het up about being so busy tho and it is working, to some extent.

Food is going ok, but there are so many excuses to not quite do it as stringently as i should. We have Mr MS;s sis staying at the mo. But I have gone out and bought myself a smaller dinner plate, hoping to fool the eye. A friend here has lost a lot of weight like this.,

And I am doing shed loads of exercise. Away to London tomorrow for a few days - a school reunion 40 years on!! It may be surreal.

How tings wit you?

I know the weight being stable can be a bummer - but at least it aint' going up. You're doing well, my friend.

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hi... it has been a while...

dealing with stuff and also busy feeding horses for a friend with the flu. weight stable which was not the goal.

hope things go well with you.

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Hi K

Thanks for the lovely long post, not rambling at all, just a great pleasure to read.

Also the link. Some good stuff on there! Yours stands out - you have a real distinctive voice, you know. A sort of long syntax that gives a confident feel to your work. Keep on!

Interesting to hear about the book. Would like to know how it goes longer term also - will you keep me posted? I just think the title is brilliant.

Food here has been much better than it was. I find the veggy thing has given me a new lease of life with the eternal weight loss project. It's so fun to find new recipes. Made a lovely cod and pasta bake yesterday and the man in the fish shop recommended smoked mussels to substitute for the bacon element. It was delicious!

Rushing about madly on eve of departure for retreat - it's a poetry writing week in a buddhist retreat centre! Sounds as if some interesting work could come out of it (i hope) . It isn't often I've written from a meditative state.

Yes, I've seen Threads mag. It's great. Try and find Burda Style mag if you like looking at ideas. That one keeps my occupied for hours, just looking and imagining.

The real sewing has been going well. I am making some jersey tops at the moment and one of them in particular has come out brilliantly. There is a lot about self care in this for me, about looking at my body and working on stuff that suits it and FITS it. I have been surprised at how much self acceptance is growing and how good some of the stuff looks.

It has even made me think at times that I don't need to lose any weight!!! I do, of course, but I can't tell you how marvellous it is to feel that I don't, even for a few minutes.

Lots of love to you from snowy Yorkshire. Good luck with the Guy!!






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regarding the book...

What I like about it is that it gives a process for addressing habitual ways of viewing/talking to yourself, and provides a retreat practice for 30 days. None of it is a big deal, though some of it is challenging. I can see how folks who are very advanced or very resistant would not go for it. It isn't a big book and it doesn't look "like a conventional book" and that could get in the way for some. In fact, at one point, might have for me, too, but it was recommended by my very fine life coach so I gave it a spin.

I'm finding a small-bite, easy practice for addressing habitual ways of being is useful and doable. It also integrates meditation.

There are many good books out there with all sorts of processes - reading them is one thing, doing them, another. I find this doable and useful - for example, by half way through, I did the writing exercise and discovered that I'd changed enough to redefine for myself the difference between willpower and compassionate discipline. It makes choice making (eating, worrying, doing) a bit easier, a little at a time. I'm on round two - some days I do an extra day's worth of process, because I can or want to.

You might note that my pounds up bounce (from eating at Race Central) has gone back down - 3 whole pounds, actually one down from what I "have been" for a while. I'm thinking the process work is helping. (Learning to break little habits seems to contribute to learning to break big habits, too.)

Speaking of which - bravo you for vegetarianing and moderating - those are great habits to acquire, good for you! I saw your lentil recipe - it looked wonderful. Keep me posted on favorites, eh?

Speaking of the guy - actually, the guy's name IS Guy - how about that? I've arranged a riding lesson (one I had planned anyway) which happens to be over in his area... and contacted him to get together again - he was pleased so we will. And... that may be enough for me, right now. Will also go folk dancing that night - pretty neat weekend plans, eh? (actually for w/e of 2/11).

Re: dressmaking: I splurged and bought an archive of a fine sewing magazine called "Threads." Are you familiar with it? For a treat, I browse the articles. Haven't quite tried using the sewing machine yet... but it's one of the learnings I've promised myself.

Let's see... is the retreat a meditation retreat? I think I missed that one, but I know you did the spa thing already. And how goes the preparations for the allotment - if any? I've picked up a book called "The New Square Foot Gardening" (reduces work and seed purchases and weeding but does call for an investment in used boards and putting together an easy soil mix - for a freebie, check their Facebook page for what it looks like). Am intrigued. Should be helpful when we start our "group allotment" in my back yard!

Um... what else (I know I babble on of course). OH - I am participating in a couple of daily haiku writing projects (NaNoWriMo on facebook, and Andrew Shattuck McBride's Writer's Digest blog project). Also, we have a writer-in-residence here who is doing a 6 week class on narrative in poetry and prose for $20... and participating in our poetry microgroup, too.

I'm blog-mistressing our rough and ready community writing blog for the period of his residency - and we've got a few up already. (See cksproject.blogspot.com/ for the flow.) Cam's school students will also be sharing with us... it should be interesting to see what comes along.

Well, enough - out to the frosty sunshine... be well... Kath

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Well done Kathy!

Sorry for the little hiatus there - kept meaning to post, then busyness intervened!

Looked up that Zen book on Amazon, to mixed reviews.

Very interested to know how you are finding it? I just love the title. But is it perhaps one of those books where the title is the best bit?

Have been getting a feeling of frittering my life away on table tennis and (most recently) dressmaking.

Am resolving to put some chunks of writing time in the diary when I come back from my retreat (10-17 Feb) and get things a bit more sorted.

Eating is ok. I rather like this vegetarian lark!

Am being moderate, and exercising and generally behaving like a good girl.

Happy to hear you have more male interest. How goes it?

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back down.
what's new there?

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Pounds bounced back (the sled dog races here also included LOTS of food on site). Back at it, though. Deviations are just deviations as long as they don't become permanent, is what I'm telling myself.

Some ice crystals this morning after a front moved in. Had another date last week with someone other than the ex. It's true what they say about windows opening when doors shut. It helps to notice. What I noticed was this person is much more compatible which generally means I'd forget to pay attention - not at all boring - just more compatible. So that was pleasant. He called again last night.

Other news, have a Zen book called "Make Change for Good, A Guide to Compassionate Self Discipline" which includes a 30 day retreat - with beginner's meditation always want to type medication, hmmmm - and has you look at attend to tiny things, one at at a time.

Oh, I get to apply for the cultural trust grant again, though doubt I'll get it twice in a row. We will see. I was talking to someone yesterday about a poetry trail about our wolves up on what we call "the wolf highway".

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Well done on the 2lbs! And also on the insight. Bad juju is a great expression, may have to share it.

Tings ok this end.

Overate yesterday as we had a late Xmas do over at Tim's bro's family. Huge portions, meat, well nigh impossible not to partake.

But am not 'making a lot out of it' and back with my friends the vegetables today.

Hope all cool at your end.

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Bravo, you! I'm wid ya

Yesterday had a nasty spell with the brain wiring from fluorescent lighting - better this a.m. Have to go back there today but will not stay there all day.

Have determined the number one thing that keeps both weight on and stress on is exposure to ex boyfriend! Have this idea that I should be able to be happy around anyone no matter how much bad juju they carry, but I can't.

And... weight down 2 pounds now that I know that... go figure.

Anyway, keep reporting in - fish stew and tt sound excellent!
Off to volunteer but think I'll stay away from the lights.

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Hello again Kathy

Have re-committed to weight loss again this morning! The rot has already set in, and I can;t bear for any more blubber to pile on!

And a good day so far.

Fish stew tonight, very virtuous.

Very strenuous table tennis sesh and I have a new bat with fast rubbers. If you don't hit the ball right it catapults off all over the shop!!!

How u?

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Hi Kathy

Great to hear about your staving off of the pneumonia-y cold! It is so heartening when one feels that the healthy-making things are working!

Spa was really lovely, thanks.

It was hard to pull ourselves away, though Mr MS had got a bit of cabin fever by then (I think a spa is so much more a girly thing than a man thing). The food there is lovely.

Some interesting things this end, too.

My health (touch wood) seems to have gone up a notch and Iím not quite sure why except I have done 3 significant things over this last fortnight:

a) taking a daily battalion of vitamin pills, as researched on the internet (things that help ears and sinus) - actually that's been going on for over a month now
b) doing more and longer gentle exercise (longer dog walks) instead of just the table tennis (three weeks)
c) I have cut out all red meat and nearly all meat (still have chicken once a week at Dadís but thatís all) and eating a load of fish and veg.

I think because food is suddenly a lot easier to digest with no meat, it seems to be giving the poor old body a bit more of a chance.

Weight loss may occur sometime later on....

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how was the spa? (you may not be back yet).

helped a friend today - his car broke down here, so we pushed and pulled it to the mechanic and I loaned him my old car after getting insurance on it.

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So good to hear from you!

We've got a small blizzard happening here, off and on. The cold is coming along okay, thanks - normally I get walking pneumonia - but NOT this time, which is great. Seems better each day - and I cancelled a few things and stayed home (plus arranged for the mare to be fed for me so I don't have to go out into the cold). It's healing. The snow should also help the sled dog races (I'm volunteering in the office next week - not out doors).

I've got a little of "cabin fever" (wishing I could get out) - but it's still better to hang in and get well, in all.

Re the Director - She replied very nicely to the NICE letter I wrote her about "how can I/we help you get what YOU want" - which I think she wasn't expecting.

Other people are so interesting... not so hard to read, but very easy to misinterpret, I find. I've got a friend, for instance, who may or may not be depressed right now (have never run into this with him before) - and so is very hard to figure. So...in the absence of an answer, I'm working on applying a phrase I saw the other day about "taking every opportunity you can to be as loving as possible" - it's not about winning or losing... though it's also not the most comfortable thing if rejection is the answer.

ENJOY your spa time and let me hear about it when you get back!

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Hi K

That was a great blog on food - I enjoyed reading about bread and butter type puddding meals!

Not sure I could stomach a savoury version - but that's no doubt just habit talking. I saw this great programme over here where porridge was eaten with jam and yoghurt - would have thought that horrid but o yum it has become a firm favourite.

Hope cold is ok. Well, hope it has gone now actually.

So funny that thing about body language and feeling someone doesn't like you. I have had it myself recently too. It is a strange phenomenon because it feels as if just being oneself is perceived negatively by someone else. I never know what to do when that happens. My poetry day, organised recently, lacked warmth and a sense of getting stuck in (i.e. I felt others were a bit cool and 'sat back' a bit) and I have puzzled over it quite a lot ever since. Feels almost like a social class thing - this town where we live is on the 'posh' side and sometimes it's as if I can't understand or relate to (or want to relate to) customs.

Anyway as regards your NOW thing it sounds as if you have found something really good. Any reply from the director yet?

Thanks for the poetry pole idea. Not quite sure I know what the pole aspect means - elucidate?

Off to the health spa tomorrow for a couple of days! Back at the weekend.

Eat well in the meantime, xx

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Great to hear from you. Wanted to share a "slow food" blog written in this area that may be of interest to you in your vegetable ways! It is wonderfully written and has yummy healthy stuff in it, sometimes quite sophisticated stuff, as the writer also has been/is a caterer as well. Check out ruraleating.blogspot.com .

Just back from the Nature of Words Advisory Committee meeting - and have my first small cold in 2 years. Am hoping to keep it small. Anyway, NOW is a fabulous literary scene - but I got juju vibes from the Director who doesn't know me at all but really doesn't seem to like me. The body language and comments were quite strong - even the gal who gave me a ride to the meeting came back to pick me up commented on it. Queen Bee stuff, maybe?

Nonetheless the rest of the Advisory Board is great, great, great, and this Director is moving on soon... so after much thinking about it I wrote her a complimentary note and asked if there was anything that we could do to help her get the thing she's got her eye on.

No answer to that, yet, but it seems like the best karma I could generate. And the other board members and staff in the meantime will be fun to work/play with!
There of course are also opportunities to learn about "how I do who I am" with other people from all this - I don't pretend that I'm in the right even most of the time.

We live and learn.

Oh... another book to look into - check out "Square Foot Gardening" (also on Facebook) - no weeds, fewer seeds, less work to do in dealing with soil fertility - pretty interesting stuff.

May I propose a poetry pole for your garden?????? How about an International Garden Poetry Project?






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Hi Kathy

No I haven't seen River of Stones: sounds great and will investigate.

So great to hear that you are getting poems accepted. I hope your application is successful too. I have everything crossed!

And thanks for the offer of help with the winter blues. Actually... things are improving. I've had a few nice days, especially a lovely time down at the allotment... it really helped, to reconnect with what's going on down there.

And a lovely time last night, out on my reading group Xmas meal, really fun. Today I held a poetry day here, which was mixed for me... in some ways I think it's to do with the people who live in this town ('professionals') and the fact that that isn't the kind of company I generally keep. I don't quite 'get' their manners and ways.

The veggie eating is going quite well. Actually I'm enjoying how light the food is compared to meat eating. Will be having chicken tomorrow but have managed all this week on veggies and really enjoyed it. I'm not aiming for 100% vegetarianism but the allotment has made me 'a lot' keener on the veggies so in many ways this seems like a natural development. An allotment neighbour gave me a great bag of Brussell Sprouts, and another allowed me to help myself to his muckpile... these are the things that make the allotment feel like a community, and that cheer me so when I'm feeling down.

Hope all is hunky dory your end this weekend. Interesting reflections on the chap.


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yeah... pretty stable here... weight wise. just increased my loss goal - not sure that's constructive. but for now, that's what it is. may break it into pieces. got a bit more yoga and such into the day but just started that...

re Buddhist poetry - have you seen river of stones? It's just a practice of succinct writing about experience - usually not even haiku length.

I'm also very interested in japanese party poetry - it starts with a two line haikai and each person adds a bit that relates but twists the previous one, and ideally provides seasonal and literary references...

Well, I sent in my most political poems (I don't really do that sort of thing but it felt risky which I guess can be good) to the Fishtrap Fellowship application committee. Generally there's so much judgment involved in that that they will either go for it or hate it. I guess that's the risk. I did get my piece Occupy Your Wallet accepted recently - but it's not exactly what it sounds like... more about how desire for more can own you - which I grew up around.

We'll see - since I last applied I've started some community writing projects like the poetry byway and the Cache project, had several poems accepted (not for pay, ha!) and received a tiny cultural trust grant... so maybe they'll see me as someone other than the usual retired female attending writing workshops. Or maybe they won't. Anyway, that's done, and I'm on my way to the Nature of Words Advisory Committee tomorrow. Maybe... I'll find new playmates there!

I'm so sorry you feel low... am hoping all is better soon. Oh... two tricks for bean digestion - soak them in water with a little bicarbonate of soda OR sprout them for a couple days til they're just barely starting to crack open. Sprouting process creates incredibly fresh flavor and also reduces the carbohydrates that create gas. It also produces additional amino acids.

Sometimes it helps to write back and forth on such things, for me. As I've noticed my diet has wandered away from how good it was this summer and I'm starting to "re-attend" to that.

Think all the back and forth with the ex has distracted me from doing my best job looking out for me. I hate to say that, and further don't think it's his fault that I let myself get distracted. But I did and have come to the conclusion (more rational, this time) that in many ways what wasn't functional before ain't, still.

So... on to other things.

Is there anything I can do to contribute to the improvement of your winter lows? Let me know.

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Hello Kathy

Sounds as if you have been busy in a most fruitful and promising way. Well done on 'Kathy Writes It' (great title) and I have got everything crossed that you will get that bursary.

Hope the tiff with sis soon blows over and that your Oregon trip goes grand.

Talking of writing weeks, I am going on a Buddhist/poetry writing retreat on 10th Feb. It's called 'Wolf at the Door' down South and involves writing from a meditative space. All v interesting. Will practice cooking with lentils, chick peas, aduki beans etc for a week or two beforehand so's as to acclimatise the ole bod to the vegan diet. Especially as I may be sharing a room ;)

Food is still a bit iffy. But I am taking things gradually at the moment because I'd like any changes to be lasting. Seems like I have to live with this podgy bod a while longer yet... but the making of clothes continues. Generally I am feeling a bit low, but it doesn't seem to be to do with anything in particular. Just a January mood I guess. It will pass.

Happy writing pal!

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Great to hear from you!

It has been a busy few days - salvaged an editing job I was pursuing that got bogged down in things being on hold by doing a freebie for them. They loved it and want to "redouble their efforts to work with me formally." YAY!

Quite a few other projects including my own website on a blog platform www.KathyWritesIt.blogspot.com. It includes freebies, discounts, updates, and all sorts of things, plus it's a handy place to log my projects.

Today's project was finishing an application for a Fellowship to Summer Fishtrap writing week... worth $1,000. I didn't get it last year and I hear it often takes a number of tries to get in as a Fellow. So this year's application and writing sample are different.

I volunteered at Fishtrap stuffing envelopes for their fund raiser and heard board members making comments about previous year's writing samples - quite critical, in fact. I wonder if they even think that someone might be listening? But I turned in an application anyway. If I don't get it I won't go. But it seemed appropriate to try. I really liked my statement of interest and my poems this year were much different than last year.

And blah blah. Next week, on the road to Bend, Oregon for a "Nature of Words" get together. I'm on the advisory board, meaning I get to brainstorm but don't have to do any actual work unless I want to! Ha!

Well, mostly a good week. A bit of a tiff with my sister tonight... over a volunteer project with the same person who blew me off last time when I offered to help with grant writing. I know she didn't mean to be thoughtless but... I guess I didn't mean to take a huff, either. So we're both owing the other some make nice.

So how are you feeling, and how goes tt, and the dog walks? I've been doing a bit more yoga but still plateaued on the weight. But keeping after it all! www.kathywritesit.blogspot.com

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Excellent news on all fronts, Kathy!

It sounds as if 2012 is getting off to a good start for you and I'm delighted.

Hope the hunting was good! Did you see any wolves?

All fine this end.

Sent the novel off again to 10 small publishers/small agents. Hope springs eternal. My synopsis was terrible so that's one thing I've been able to improve with distance. It's almost the hardest part of writing a book.

'Please tell us in 500 words something it has just taken you 80,000 words to say.'

Exercise is going well. Walking/hiking a lot more - making the dog walks uphill and over rough ground. Table tennis also strenuous. Food isn't at all bad. Am allowing small treats. Doing some sewing, making clothes for myself really seems to help the self-nurturing. 'I am worth spending time over and buying lovely fabrics for, and taking the time to make a garment really fit even with all my lumps and bumps.' It's a good self message.

How goes it your end?



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Goin' on a lion hunt! Actually, we're going to go see if we can see any of these wolves that are supposed to be ravening down the main streets of town, causing terror. In the years since they showed up, I've not actually seen one, even when we've been out exploring the area now called "the wolf highway". So maybe this time. Or not.

Noos, Kate, how you doin'? Got your fitness and dining all lined up the way you want it?

I find I still go "over" each day, though I also exercise between 1 and 2 hours a day. Most of the midwinter stress from various conditions are easing, that's really helpful. And I may have an editing gig!

Noos, I adjusted the line breaks in the "goat" poem - like it a bit better - and am looking forward to getting involved in the "poetry pole" project. Next August we are firming up a project to paint and write on the poetry byway. In fact, I got on the advisory board of a literary organization that's pretty zingy (Nature of Words, in Bend, Oregon) and I'm going to meet with my contact at the Forest Service while there. Oh... I had a quirky poem called "Occupy your wallet" accepted by a new journal here. Yay! AND... I'm following up on a possible tech editing project (again) plus am finally getting a partial payment on that little one that started in July or August. Many things seem set!!!

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Have a great, healthy 2012!

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Oh, smashing. Hope the dancing went well!

How was Crimbo?

Our was quiet and nice. Back to normal, today - Mr MS is back at work and I went to t t practice this morning.

Resolving to do proper walks with the dog to add to my exercise - have got into the lazy habit of driving up the hill to the woods with her then walking round the woods, rather than walking up myself (ascent of 300ft - good exercise).

Food pretty disastrous over Xmas but today is a new day, and so is tomorrow, and I am happy to join the throng of New Year Resolvers.


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checking in. English country dance tonight!

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Well done on the swimming, walking and yoga, K.

All ok here, Mr MS's sister just left, now it's on to the next thing...

Food has not been good. Must do better. But self care and meditation continue.

Off to make some stuffing for Xmas Day's turkey...

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swimming done. also walked 7 k and did yoga.

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