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1/25/20 1:36 A

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Saturday

Here we go again - off to work. I finish at 15.30 today.

The scale just doesn't seem to want to go down again! Up until November I was maintaining around 115 lbs. Now I seem stuck around 117 lbs. I know it's not a big deal - but it is a drift upwards which I want to reverse!

Something for me to read later; some psychology from Dean Anderson

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1/24/20 3:09 P

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Thanks - I didn't go out on my bike today - it was too cold for me.

Instead I spent the afternoon 'relaxing' aka binge-watching Life on Mars on iPlayer and drinking tea!

I'm good with my meal plans at the moment - I've made a banana protein shake for breakfast tomorrow (as I can't use my blender at 6 am!) - and have toasted a few nuts to mix with apricots to go in my lunch-box with my sandwich and apple.

All is well.

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1/24/20 12:07 P

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Enjoy the rest of your day off.

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1/24/20 3:15 A

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I was glad to be able to go and spend an hour or so being a listening ear for my friend. The benefit of having older or less-well friends is that I learn about things - which will help me if I find myself facing similar things in 10 years' time.

I slept well and have a day off today (I think those two things go hand-in-hand!). My Buddhist buddy, LT, is coming over this morning to do some chanting, chatting, study with me. This afternoon I've promised myself to get my bicycle out for a ride.

It's chilly this morning.

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1/23/20 11:32 A

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I'm glad someone is here Sparking! emoticon

I agree with your closing paragraph. Have compassion for your friends, but don't follow the same path. Continue on your own path, because you are already serious about your health and fitness. Keep moving.

J bought the new Blue Zone Cookbook then left it at my house. I made a couple recipes from the Costa Rica chapter. Then I took her some food. What just happened?
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1/23/20 5:02 A

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Thursday

and a grey, overcast, but milder morning today. I slept well and don't have to be at work until 15.30 h today.

One of my friends, JM, who lives a mile up the road, is suffering with acute cystitis/bladder problems and I'm going to go up and see her this morning.

Then swimming; pick up my new book "BOSH HEALTHY VEGAN"; pick up a salad box for lunch (or I might take it to work this evening and swop my meals round); get a bit of shopping - then home for a while before going to work.

The bad state of my friends who are older than me is galvanising my determination to get more serious about my health & fitness programmes! I realised I don't have a single friend who is still capable of accompanying me on a hike or good walk, or run, or cycle ride. I have also realised that most of them don't walk more than a couple of hundred yards from their cars. How did I not notice that before? I guess we're all getting older, and they're ahead of me in years. I don't want to get like that. The discomfort warning shots I get in my big toe joints worry me the most - I'd hate to be 'off my feet'.

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1/22/20 1:55 A

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Wednesday

and it's back to work today. So, of course, I didn't want to get up with the alarm went off! And the time is rushing by this morning - packed lunch to make, hair to wash etc.

But, I'm here and I'm Sparking!
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1/21/20 4:50 A

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Tuesday

......... and the scale is going down again - 2lbs less than yesterday - phew!

I had a good day yesterday - stayed on-track with eating; had a nice uphill walk with my two friends.

This morning I got up and went for a run - 28.5 mins 4.8 km. It was brilliant to be out there just before dawn. Not raining ......... I don't think I'd have gone if it had been raining.

Today - a day off. GW (used to be GH but she got married to her partner before he died, and has taken his name) is coming over at tea-time. I'm going to serve her vegan sausages, baked spuds, organic baked beans - pure comfort food! I know what she likes to eat. I'm not making her an apple crumble though - I'm going to make some dates stuffed with peanut butter and cocoa powder for a 'dessert' treat.

It's bright and cold. Cold for here anyway, not cold compared to cold places in the North America! (6c feels like 2c).

I have a list of things to work through today. Making the decision to NOT go to the work team meeting (the text arrived on Saturday morning) on my day off is not an easy one for me........... I hate to miss out. BUT, I need to have the rest from stress. My Garmin tracker shows a very clear pattern of higher stress on work days!




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1/20/20 3:41 A

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Monday - another really sound sleep, and another day without work stretches in front of me. I'm meeting up with CB and our mutual friend JB - to visit Godolphin (National Trust estate) where we can walk & talk. Fresh air and trees - nice!

The scale was up this morning, which shocked me a bit - although it's obviously due to eating more than my usual amount of bread, pastry, cake. No chocolate or cookies this weekend though.

I'm taking a little package of dried apricots out with me today - because I think I might well get the munchies before lunch - and rather than pretend it won't happen, I'm going prepared. The whole package is only 100 kcals so it's OK to eat them all if I need to. I don't want snacking to become a habit again - but, just for today, as I'm out and about with friends, I'm taking precautions against getting ravenous. Especially as the other two are those who will have a light lunch and eat their main meal in the evening (opposite of me).

However, I'm feeling positive. I seem to have bought another cookery book
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BOSH healthy vegan
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I also enjoyed watching Dr Rupy's inspiration video this morning.
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How fortunate we are to have all these great inspirational, healthy, positive, happy people!
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1/19/20 5:06 A

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Sunday

I slept like a log last night - amazing what a couple of work-free days can do!

The sun is shining - it's cold, but the sky is blue.

SH is coming over for a vegan brunch - I have tofu scramble, vegan sausages, smoked tempeh strips, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, rye toast.

Then we're going to go for a walk!

My weight is as high as it's been for quite a while. I need to do some adjusting!

Later: I had a good day with my friend - she arrived at 11 am and left at 5 pm - which is a long day for me to be sociable. I was tired by 5 pm! We enjoyed our brunch together. Drank coffee and chatted. Then went out for a walk along the prom and sat on a sunny bench for a while. It was a delightful day weather-wise.
Then we came home for tea and cake (my left-over Xmas cake) and played Scrabble!

What I did notice (from my tracker) was that we were walking very, very slowly - (about 2 km per hour). She is 76 and has sciatica on/off too. Yesterday with the other friend, who is also 76 yrs old, I had to slow down a lot when we were walking together - she was very slow on any incline. It quite shocked me actually. And made me more determined to keep exercising!

Part of our brunch - she said that the tofu scramble was indistinguishable from scrambled egg!


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1/18/20 3:52 A

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Friday evening ended up being a bit nibbly! After dinner (a three bean & spinach stew) I wanted something crunchy - so had some rye crispbreads with vegan butter, then some more. Then I decided to make some banana 'brownies' for the friend coming to coffee today - and ate a portion of those too! They were sugar-free and wheat-free.

(bananas, almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla essence, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, plant milk - then because I didn't have any chocolate protein powder, I added coconut flour. It was supposed to have non-dairy choc chips - but I didn't have any of them either)

But I woke up feeling much happier this morning - so whether it was the extra food, or the fact that I know I don't have to go to work today, I'm not sure! It's a little brighter today too.

So - volunteering at the library this morning, then the friend coming for coffee (she's my partner volunteer at the library - not quite a friend, but we're getting to know each other better).

I've been conflicted about what to get in for coffee - nothing? something I know she likes (oat biscuits), something sugar-free that I've made? nuts and fruit? something from the wholefood shop? anything I have that she doesn't eat, I'm likely to eat later - and I don't want the sugar.

Later: I served my sugar-free banana brownies - and she loved them, being of a similar mind to myself in terms of eating! woo hoo - so no dilemma over buying something special for her. I bought a pack of cashew Nak'd Bars (like lara bars) which I can keep in the cupboard.
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1/17/20 11:51 A

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Friday

I did go to the recorder group last night, and it did do me good.

Today - cold, wet, grey again.......... I'm home from work now (almost 5 pm) and am just feeling floppy and tired still.

I have four days off now - with some kind of social activity planned for each of those days - it just happened that way.

I've had some interesting insights - I'm reading a book called "When the body says NO - The hidden cost of stress" by Gabor Mate. It's bringing up stuff for me. One of the big things is realising that I never trust anyone who says "I love you". I've had too many hurts - I never really believe that anyone loves me. That's very sad - but possibly true of a lot of people. A deep sadness. I'll work on it - having compassion for myself and others is a start.
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1/16/20 4:07 A

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Gosh I was tired by 7 pm last night - I managed to stay awake until just before 9 pm, then went to sleep. I think, maybe, there is a slight cold virus kicking around in me - I felt a bit miserable at work yesterday - and that's often a sign that my body is struggling with a virus.

Thursday - another chilly, windy, grey day. I am working 10.00-16.00 today with one person, and it's a manageable shift. I'll be OK. It's supposed to recorder group tonight - and I'm not sure about going to that at the moment - although it would probably do me good. I think I'll make myself go!

My back is a bit achey - I guess it's probably the swimming I did - different muscles used.

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1/15/20 2:30 A

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Yes, it's the dealing with all the wet outer-gear when you get to the pool - cramming it into a locker etc. Anyway - the swim happened, and I managed perfectly well - I had two large plastic bags (one for wet, one for dry) inside a hold-all. That system seemed to work alright. The pool was much more pleasant than I'd anticipated - the water not as chlorinated as it used to be, nice and warm. I actually enjoyed myself!

Wednesday - and I'm off to work for the 10.5 hr shift today - so not a lot else happening. I took the decision NOT to go straight on to the evening class afterwards.

I slept really well last night - which must have been due to the physical exercise done in the pool - it's different for my body. I did notice, when swimming, that my hips are more level - I have a bit of a twist in my kick. I can only attribute that to running and the yoga-type spinal exercises I've been doing.
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1/14/20 12:44 P

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I would hate for you t get wet on the way to go swimming. emoticon I completely understand. The weather is really cold and miserable here right now. I noticed last night that some of the solar-powered road signs are going dim from too little light during the day. Stay comfortable and you will get through the dark, wet weather.

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1/14/20 4:32 A

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Tuesday

and another dark day out there - it's grey, wet, windy.

The front door was replaced yesterday, and I really appreciated it last night when I missed the sound of the letter-box flapping. There is one little spot where the wind gets in - around the lock - and, boy, that feels really icy!

I was in bed with the lights out by 8.30 pm last night, trying to make up on the sleep lost the previous night. I slept well.

Today I'd made the decision to go to the swimming pool. I'm now feeling very hesitant as I watch the rain falling out there!

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1/13/20 6:51 A

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Monday

and I had a tiring shift, not least because I was woken just before 4 am by one of the residents talking to SIRI on her iPad! Jeez!

I'm home now, and the wind is ferocious today - Storm Brendan. The noise of strong wind really exhausts me - it's the buffeting sounds I think. It sounds really bad.

I'm having my front door replaced today - hope it doesn't take too long - the flat will be freezing if the wind blows all the heat out.

I'm not very 'together' today - we were supposed to have a team meeting, which has been cancelled (again) as our manager is not well. We really NEED a team meeting!

I just had to uninstall/reinstall my Garmin app as it wasn't synching. Then remove and re-add my 'device' - it seems to be OK now, thank goodness.

I'm not inclined to go outdoors again today, to be honest. I will do some knitting, and reading, and maybe do a puzzle to relax my mind later.

The good thing is that I've done 7 days without sugar, or snacks. I'm aiming for 21 days, but next Sunday SH is coming over for the day, and I think I might allow myself one small slice of my Xmas cake (which is in the freezer) with our afternoon tea.



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1/12/20 8:40 A

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Sunday - and another nice day to myself before going to work at 16.30 (overnight this time).

I got up and went into town about 9 am intending to do a couple of things - use a voucher in The Works and buy some card-making stuff, and go to the Co-op and buy things for the food bank. But I was too early! Things not open until 10.30 am on a Sunday - shows how often I try to shop on a Sunday!

So, instead of going home, I decided to keep walking. My Garmin isn't synching as well as it should onto my phone, but I know I did about 8 km and was walking for about an hour and a half! It started raining a little, and I almost turned back, but I'm glad I didn't because the sun came out and it was lovely.

Then when I got back to town, I did the two things I'd wanted to do earlier. This week it was UHT milk and jam to the food bank (their choices, not mine).

I've enjoyed having these chunks of daytime time to myself - I feel a lot more relaxed than when I have to be up and out for work early.

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It is great that the podcast allows organization like the BBC to post a wider variety of material since it's not taking up limited airtime. They can let their talented people some freedom.

I have to go look at yur beach pictures. emoticon

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1/11/20 4:45 A

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Yes. I had a long walk yesterday - on the beach (see my blog for a few pics) - it was a glorious day and I really enjoyed being out, relaxed and free!

The Buddhist meeting wasn't really very uplifting - there was too much vociferous political dialogue going on! I contributed a couple of sunny bits and determined not to let it get me down.

Today, Saturday, I found it hard to get up in the dark and go to work. When I'd been there half-an-hour, another person turned up who thought she was working from 8am (on the rota for 16.30-22). So, I offered to swop with her - so she could stay, and I have come home, and will go back at 16.30. It doesn't matter to me today.

So - today is not like yesterday - the sky is grey and overcast, it's quite windy, a bit rainy. I have a chilli to make (which was for dinner, but will now be lunch), and a soup to make for dinner tomorrow. I'm listening to classical music on BBC Sounds 'Mindful Mix' podcast. I love these podcast things. There's much better stuff on the BBC iPlayer and Sounds than on the TV! More of a forum for alternative and eclectic stuff.

So - a day at home! My win I think.

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January is a bleak time to start a running habit. It's hard enough to keep up an established habit in these dark, cold, wet days. As I wrote about wanting to run again in my journal today, a voice from back of my brain asked if it was really reasonable before March.

Do what feels good. Just keep moving in some capacity. Keep taking care of yourself.

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Interestingly my environment has responded! I had a message to say recorder group was cancelled because there were so many people off sick. So I just played my recorder on my own at home. Then today I had an early text from work to say the team meeting has been moved to Monday. So - I have my day off after all.

I woke at 2 am thinking it was morning; I was wide awake! However I did just go back to sleep!

Today I am going to go for an hour's walk before lunch. The desire to run has gone somewhere. And the courage to get my bike out is hiding somewhere. But walking feels ok.

There is a Buddhist women's meeting this afternoon, only 10 mins from home.

I think I have a tickly cough .......... hopefully it won't become a problem.

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Good self care, Gill.

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1/9/20 4:38 A

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Thursday

After two of those long day-shifts at work, then evening class last night - I felt wiped out. I'm not going to do evening class after a day at work next week, or the week after that. It's too much for me - I don't have the head-space left.

I wrote this in my blog, but I really hit my social boundaries at evening class last night - firstly in the lesson, there was only one other student in my group and she drives me a bit crazy - she talks very quietly, but also butts in when it's my turn - a bit like someone always finishing your sentences for you. After a while, I just turn off and go quiet - can't be doing with it. Then in the break - even though I'd helped set up the urn and set out the tea things, I couldn't face everyone (about 40 people I suppose) all in a small room talking and trying to get tea/coffee and eating biscuits. I couldn't cope with the cacophony, so I took myself back into the empty area (we do our classes in a church!) and listened to music on my phone with my eyes shut. I was socially over-loaded!

Today I have L coming over to chant with me and do some Buddhist study. Then I have the day free until this evening when I have recorder group. Those are both enjoyable and restorative things.

I had running on my list today - but I've crossed it off. I'm having a bath instead!
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But, really, I am going to go for a walk after lunch.

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It's nice you a leaning into your spiritual practice and that it's bringing you peace.

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The time is slipping by faster this morning - my second long day of work. And straight after work I'm going to evening class.

But all the essentials are done - I'm happy to say that chanting has resumed it's place of priority - that feels good.

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At least we past by the shortest day of the year. We are getting heavy cloud cover and rain. It was still dark half and hour after sunrise this morning.

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Gosh these dark mornings are hard to get going in! I'm up - lunch and tea packed, coffee drunk, chanting and Sparking done, now to the exercise mat, then breakfast, then off to work. 8-18.30 today.

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Yea, Trump throws me for a loop on a regular basis. I feel your pain.



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Monday

and I've woken to the sound of very strong winds out there! and some really terrifying news coming from Mr Trump.............. terrifying. It's thrown me temporarily off-course with my morning routines.

I have coffee. I've had my breakfast. I'm going to set the 100 DWL team up for Day 1 of the new book. I'll do my back stretches. I'll go and meet up with CB. And at the end of the day I'll see how many things are not ticked off my list!

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in other news - the scale was down again this morning

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Yes, they were REALLY nice!

My dinner this evening was quite a perilous event! Firstly I discovered that I'd put my fishless fishcakes (tofu 'seacakes') in the freezer, when they should have been in the fridge - so they were frozen solid. Then I put some potatoes on to par boil, and went to take down my Xmas decorations - next thing I know, I can smell burning! The pan had boiled dry - so I dashed out into the garden with the saucepan in one hand, and my Xmas 'tree' in the other! I managed to salvage the potatoes and baked the frozen tofu seacakes until they were done!

I then steamed my little Xmas pudding that I didn't have at Xmas - and had that with some coconut cream and some vegan chocolate ice-cream!!!!!!!!! and a half-glass of red wine!!!!!!!!!

It felt a bit like the last day of the feast before the 'diet' starts tomorrow!!!!

Day off tomorrow - I swopped it out with someone who wanted more shifts. I'm going out for the day with CB - to Trelissick Gardens near Truro. There is lots to explore there - I wonder how much we'll do. We've agreed to try to have more days out like this this year; made possible by her car!

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Enjoy those fresh greens. So healthy.

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Thanks, Brian! I've missed your more frequent posts, but hope that 'no news is good news'.

Sunday - and I was up at 5.30 am to pack my breakfast and lunch. Today lunch is a lovely fresh green-leaved salad bowl with vegan cheese and a few peanuts. I have a Bounce protein ball to satisfy (I hope) any cravings for something sweet and chewy.

It's Sunday-quiet/Winter-quiet here at the moment..................... nice!
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Happy New Years Gill! I will need more time to catch up on your adventures with the new year. Thinking of you. Wishing you happiness.

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Saturday, and I've had a lovely day actually.

I've not done much exercise - apart from a nice back-stretching routine this morning - just Child's Pose and Forward Folds - but held for extended times, it feels amazing.

I've done quite a long blog on my Spark page today, so I don't want to repeat it here.

I was 8 stone 7 lbs on the scale this morning - which is top of my range. On Monday I'll be starting 100 MORE Days of Weight Loss with teamies on the 100 DWL team. That's always helpful.

And on Monday I'll also be starting to track my Green/Yellow/Red days in line with the No S diet. (Green means three meals a day, no sweets, no snacks, no seconds; Yellow means days that begin with S and special days; Red days means - that it all went to pot!) I'm aiming for 21 green days in a row from 6th January. My plan is to include more fruit and salad with my meals - more water - fewer carbs.

Now it'll be a pretty early night as I'm up for an early start in the morning (Sunday working 7.30 am to 3.30 pm).


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Yes, exactly like that!


Ah, where did Friday go?! Work all day. Came home and watched a film on iPlayer. That's about it! Day off tomorrow.

I did a few sun salutations and some exercises with dumbbells for the upper back. I'm feeling quite stiff and achy in my lower back this evening. I guess being on my feet for 10.5 hrs contributes to that!

Heading for bed now.
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Like this maybe?



Such a cool place. On the bucket list.

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Thursday

Today was much better - I woke up feeling ready to face the day! I've got a new breakfast that I really like (portable) - a chia and coconut pudding made with canned mandarins and their juice. You soak the chia in the coconut and juice overnight, then layer the chia mixture with mandarin segments, and then top with a bit of coconut yoghurt. It's really refreshing and lovely. You're supposed to add protein powder (I must put that on my shopping list).

Work was nice - I got a lot of satisfaction from it and had fun. I enjoyed figuring out how to help a new colleague with dyslexia get along a bit more easily.

This evening I ran down to Mousehole to see the Xmas lights. That was fun too.

I'm nicely tired now.

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Well, what happened on Tuesday - I did walk in the evening, but only down to Newlyn to see the Xmas lights in the harbour there. I was in bed before 11 pm, and I didn't wake to fireworks, which was nice.

Wednesday - and I woke up feeling surprisingly flat and unmotivated. When I eventually kicked the duvet off, I went and made coffee, then chanted for half-an-hour, which was the best thing I could have done.

The I decided to be brave and get out on my bicycle. My dilemma is always WHERE to cycle - avoiding the main roads etc. I did OK - I was out for about 40 mins, and did 7 km. It was good to be out - and harder than running (on the legs and lungs) - so something I need to do more of.

I didn't eat anything until almost 1 pm, when I had mushrooms on toast.

I read for a couple of hours, then went to meet my friend JM at the cinema - we watched Little Women - and got totally absorbed by it - it was really enjoyable and relaxing.

Work tomorrow.

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Tuesday

and I don't feel bad today - there is 'something' cold-like around me, but nothing much.

I've been out for an early run. Done my laundry. Had a chat with a neighbour. Now I'm going to pop out and get some money and some grocery shopping.

Then I'm staying home with a book again. If I feel lively later, I might just walk down to Mousehole to see the Xmas lights (before the NYE revelry gets underway!



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Monday, and, as always after a sleep-in shift, I'm feeling pretty tired this morning.

I now have three days off. Two of them are annual leave, one is a day off anyway.

I have a Buddhist meeting to go to this afternoon, and a party/celebration of life gathering for my friend who died in November - it would have been his birthday today, so the party was already planned. There will be an eclectic and interesting gathering of people there and I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun together.

Later: I went to the Buddhist meeting, but developed a scratchy throat this afternoon, and decided not to go to the party after all. Going to retire to my bed with a hot drink, a cost blanket, and my book. I'll put some lavender oil on my throat area too - that usually helps.


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Sunday

and I got up and went for a run!
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I felt SO much better after that! I'd woken up with a stuffy head, but massaged my face/head with some eucalyptus and it feels OK now. It was lovely out - several other people running, but not many walkers or traffic. The temperature is quite mild, the wind was just right (refreshing) and the sea was pretty calm. It was great to be able to hear the bird-song (lack of traffic).

I didn't have any breakfast, but went straight to lunch with a homemade dahl and some homemade flatbread. Dessert was soya ice-cream and raspberries. Lovely.

I am working from 16.30 - doing a sleep-in. We've just had news that our employers have broken employment law by not paying us enough - so we're going to be due a back-payment at the very least - how long that will take, I don't know - but it's got to come to us.

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I was all good with my evening routine last night, and in bed, reading, by 9.30 pm. I felt like I was awake quite a lot in the night, but I was also aware of having lots of dreams - so maybe I dreamt I was awake! I don't know!
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Saturday

And I've done my morning exercises - today it was sun salutations, then some leg ST with ankle weights.

I managed to kind of strain my thumb yesterday evening, doing 'nothing' apparently - I can still feel it this morning, but there's no loss of strength, so I must have just twanged a muscle the wrong way somehow.

Work is an early start, but finishing mid-afternoon - so that's nice. Before work, I'm going to wash my hair using a shampoo bar I was given for Xmas. I remember shampoo bars from the past, but they're coming back into fashion as the plastic-free campaigns gain momentum.

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I had such a surprise this morning - when I woke up and looked at my watch, it was 9.47!!!! I couldn't believe it! I had to message my friend and say I'd be over an hour later than we'd arranged - fortunately that was fine with her.

I must have slept for 12 hours!

I enjoyed going over to St Ives to see CB - we chatted, caught up, went for a walk, had a lovely lunch she'd made (lentil and root veggies tagine thing - delicious). More coffee and chat. We made a couple of diary dates for excursions in January to visit National Trust gardens.

I got some good reading done on the bus there and back too.

Work again tomorrow - but I'm feeling more 'normal' after the Xmas build-up.

I had a salad for dinner this evening - it was so refreshing! I've made a banana and flax smoothie to take to work for breakfast on Saturday morning, and a can of organic lentil & veg soup for lunch. I don't want to see another chocolate or biscuit for a while!

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Xmas Day went well - nice day at work, even though it was busy; I was working with two good colleagues, which helped a lot. I didn't overdo it on food - and the scale was down a little this morning.

I had a lovely video chat with my grandson in the evening - and some lovely gifts from friends and family. My son wowed me with this word-picture depicting me - it's covered it really lovely inspiring words.



Thursday - and off to work again (7.30-17.00). I have a day off tomorrow which I'm looking forward to.

Right - 10 mins hula hooping before I leave for work.
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It was a long, busy, day at work yesterday - and yes, the chocolates got the better of me; our manager popped in with TWO tubs of 'Celebrations'. Darn it!

The scale was up this morning - 119lbs! That scared me!

Wednesday

I woke at 4.30 am then dozed until 5.30 am. Coffee, lunch is packed. A slice of cake wrapped to give to a vegan colleague who I think will appreciate it.

What more can I say? I'm wearing a close-fitting Xmas sweatshirt, so it will remind me not to indulge in Xmas junk food!

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Tuesday - Christmas Eve; every day feels like a weekend day at the moment, because all the people we support are now home all the time. My task today is to get the veggies in ready for tomorrow.

One of my colleagues suddenly started vomiting yesterday evening - we sent her home immediately, then all started feeling sick ourselves! I feel fine this morning, so it was, hopefully, just the thought of it that made us feel iffy.

I have a long day ahead - will be home by 7 pm, and then see what I feel like doing.

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The candle-lit carol concert was lovely - I was glad to be part of it. The acoustics in churches are amazing! The woman who gave me a lift was also happy not to stay afterwards for mince-pies and mulled wine in the pub - that was good for me!

Monday

I slept until 9 am!!!!!!!! I cannot remember the last time that happened!!!!!!!!!!

But, I do also feel almost free of any cold virus today - apart from feeling a bit sleepy and weak. I've only got a short evening shift today - but won't be home until after 10 pm which is tough. Then I have three early start days. So, I must make the most of my evenings!

I finally got to deliver my bag of 10 survival blankets to the homeless charity in town - each time I've been down before, no-one has answered the door. This morning, they answered. The helper wasn't sure about them, and I explained that people can wrap themselves up in them inside their sleeping bags - and there was a 'client' there who said "yes, they're really useful - thanks". So she took them.

I'm developing a passion for supporting people who in this client group - and understanding the traumas which lead them to become addicts. I've got a book to collect this morning - which is about this. Perhaps this is where I'll put my energy when I retire from work. Especially living in a town where these things are right on the doorstep.

My physical exercise regime is on pause. But I'm confident it's temporary.

Later: I popped a paperback and an orange into the bag of sleeping gear left in a shop doorway - I know who it is. I hope he likes it - I've seen him reading. I saw two new homeless men in town - in doorways with sleeping bags etc. I spoke to one of them - he arrived 4 days' ago. Funny how people turn up around Xmas time - and again in the summer. I don't know much about the pattern of migration in this group. He'd made connection with the local charity and had an appointment set up for assessment.

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It's as tasty as the seasoning really - very adaptable.

Sunday - and there were quite a few people wandering up the street during the night, because it was a party night for the winter solstice. And I had a tickly cough, but, touch wood, it seems to have quietened down now.

I'm having a quiet day - no running or jumping around. I want to give my body the energy to fight this virus. I'm working over Xmas and don't want to be unwell.

Today, I'm going to play recorder with the 'ensemble' I've joined, at a little church in St Buryan - they have a carol concert and we've been asked to accompany the choir for three of their songs. I guess that means I'll be there for the whole service - which is not something I usually do!

Before that, I'm going to have a kind of Xmas dinner here, on my own. The 'cranberry/turkey' slices, roast potato (only a small one), Brussels sprouts, carrot, parsnip, gravy. Ice-cream (vegan) with some sweet mince-meat mixed into it to make it taste like Xmas!

I had planned to have mulled wine, but with my cold and not feeling 100% I don't think I want to tax my body with processing alcohol.

Maybe a spiced coffee will be nice.

The sun was out this morning, but it's now clouded over, and is raining again.

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Looks tasty.

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I went out and saw the 4 pm procession - but it was cold and wet, so I haven't been out for the evening ones. I didn't make the mince-pies either, but I did make the vegan 'turkey and cranberry' loaf. It's my first attempt at making a kind of faux meat and it's turned out well.



It's got a kind of suet pudding sort of texture, but it slices quite thin, and tastes great. The recipe says either serve it straight away, hot - or use cold in sandwiches etc. If serving hot again, to fry it first. I think it'll might go soft otherwise. For a home-made faux-meat it's good, and has given me the 'method' which I can tweak. A lot nicer to know what's in it - rather than buying factory processed stuff.

The recipe has chick peas, cashews, nutritional yeast, wheat gluten as the main ingredients.

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Saturday

After I got home from work about 4 pm yesterday, my nose just started running almost continuously! I was in bed by 8 pm with a film on my tablet, which I only watched 3/4 of before I had to stop and sleep.

I didn't have to get up early today, but woke just before 6am anyway, made a coffee and went back to bed.

Today is a big festival in town to celebrate mid-Winter - MONTOL. There are two big events here - Mid-Summer and Mid-Winter. A lot of effort goes into them and they are wild and colourful, noisy and raucous, musical and dramatic. Today is to do with the return of the light - so there are fire-dancers, a parade with flaming torches and a big bonfire at about 10pm. However, it is currently POURING with rain - torrentially.

I went out this morning and did the banking at the library, got my own money out to last to the end of the month. I bought a tofish and chips meal from the vegan food van - it was lovely! The last time I had that was at Mid-Summer when they were here. They somehow must kind of smash tofu up, then press it back together again to make the texture, then they wrap it in seaweed and batter - it is delicious!

Right now, I'm listening to Xmas music and the rain falling. There is a candle burning.

I am probably not going out again - much as I'd like to take part in the parades. There will be other people to make a crowd, I'm sure.

I think I'm going to get cosy in the kitchen and try making my vegan 'turkey' dish, and some mince-pies.

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and for some reason, I found it hard to get to sleep last night, and tossed about lot.......... maybe I'd had too much coffee during the day (I know I had two from cafes which were not decaff).

I'm wearing a Xmas jumper - and off to work for a shortish shift (7.30-15.30 actually 8 hrs - but it always seems short because of leaving mid-afternoon!).

Today is the day when I was going to run a half-marathon to see the Xmas lights in Mousehole. I'm not. I'm not up to doing a half-marathon. It's fine.

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Thank you, Annie. This evening my nose is mainly affected - running! But I don't feel too bad.

My day out was as I expected: lunch, shopping for plastic tat, then coffee in Wetherspoons. Lunch was pretty good though - we found a nice cafe with fresh, good food. I had a sweet potato and chickpea burger with lots of salad, there were also some very good chunky fries - I had a few of them.

I read about your OMAD. I think, when I retire from work, I could probably quite easily do OMAD - as you say, progressing towards it gradually. I'd probably eat around 2 pm every day I think.

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I hope you feel better soon. This weather is good for bringing on sniffles, sore throat, and colds.

You've been getting in some fun activities. The Honey Pot is an intriguing name for a restaurant. Sounds organic but that could be misleading.

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Thursday - and I woke up with a sinus headache - did some exercises, had a coffee, and feel OK now. I had a sneezy evening on Wednesday, so hopefully it's moving through me quite quickly. I skipped the hula-hooping and got into bed by 9 pm - I needed the sleep more than anything.

Today I have a shift from 12-18 1:1 with someone who wants to go to St Ives. Not sure what she plans to do when we get there - it will probably involve drinking coffee, having lunch, buying some more Xmas plastic tat! No, I do her a dis-service - she might surprise me. I think we'll miss the Farmers' Market, which is a shame - she'd like the coffee and the buzz of the place.

This morning I'm popping into Morrab library to write the cheques so they can be posted before Xmas. That's about it.

I had a nice, simple, breakfast today - it was a chia thing - chia seeds soaked in coconut milk and the fruit juice from a can of mandarin segments. Left overnight then simply layered into a 'parfait' - mandarins/chia/mandarins/chia/mandarins/yoghurt. I made two glasses - and it looked so pretty - tasted really refreshing too. You're supposed to mix a tablespoon of protein powder into the chia mix, but I don't have any.

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I did my indoor walking - but it was only a 1-mile workout, because with the warm-up and cool down it was 30 mins, which was enough for me!

I had a sore throat in the night, but not feeling bad this morning - I'm off to work. I have two days off at the weekend which I'm aiming for!

The scale is stubbornly up about 2.5lbs which sounds like nothing, but I seem to feel it all on my front - bust, waist, midriff. It makes me feel podgy and frumpy. Amazing how that extra fluid can make me feel so terrible about myself!

Today is work mostly. I got the shopping done last night, so this evening I have hula-hooping on my list. The weather is foul - strong winds and rain.

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Yes, it's great that she's doing so well. She puts it down to the Tai Chi and is eternally grateful that I dragged her along to that first lesson a few years' ago! She continued with it - I didn't. She swims, I run. She does Tai Chi, I do yoga.

Tuesday

I have a bit of a cold which I hope I can keep at bay. I have an incredibly sore spot on my finger where I carved a little chunk of finger-tip off whilst cleaning at work the other day. It is a tiny, tiny wound, but it woke me a few times in the night.

Today is work from 7.30 to 17.00 - and the day is mostly work, then eating, then cooking and preparing food for Wednesday!

I have an indoor walking intention for this evening.
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It's good to hear CB is getting out and about after the hip replacement. There really isn't anything I can say about the political climate here or in the UK.

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The Xmas meal was nice on Saturday evening. Sunday was a slow day, and I didn't go running, but did go for a walk, got some laundry done, watched a film before going to work.

Monday

I'm tired after the sleep-in shift. CB came over for a coffee and chat - it's the first time she's been out driving since her hip operation. I had messages back from GW who has been away for the weekend with her daughter and had a lovely time, and from SH who's trapped nerve un-trapped itself (thanks to amitryptiline) and is feeling a lot better (although still had sciatica). She's off to her daughter for Xmas, so I probably won't see her until 2020.

Right now I'm off to recorder lesson. (we had a carol-singing party at work last night - omg the cacophony - but they all had fun!)

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Saturday

My weight is up about 2.5lbs after yesterday's emotional eating (even though I know the science says this isn't weight, and it doesn't affect the body that quickly, I know that this is what I see on the scale the day after any excess eating!).

I'm feeling more normal this morning; the clever, educated and eloquent people I follow in the media (social and news) have given me hopeful and undefeated inspiration. Like in America I guess, the nation is divided pretty much down the middle - with 1 in 2 people I meet having the opposite opinion to me.

I'm off to work in a bit - finish at 15.30 today, then there is an evening Xmas meal at a local cafe The Honey Pot, which is just round the corner from where I live. They do lovely food right across the range from vegan to fish & meat. I'm looking forward to that.

I had a nice lunch-time chat yesterday with a support-worker from another service. We started talking about fitness and found that we both grew up in the same part of the world - the same swimming pools, the same skating rink (she's 10 years younger) - and both ended up here in Cornwall (she was born here but moved to London as a child). She used to be a fitness instructor, and a runner. Now she swims. But she says she swims (in the sea) along the coast, then runs on the beach, then swims back! Very fit! It was nice to have the conversation in the lunch-break, rather than sit giggling with people eating potato chips and chocolate!

It was good to get my mat out this morning and do my sun saltuations etc. I've added 0.5kg to my dumb-bells too. Progress is being made.

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I went back to bed around 6 am, and slept until just after 9 am. My phone went, and it was work saying that the shift was being covered by someone else, and I could go to the training. I managed to get up, dressed, make coffee, get to the training by 10 am.

I am very tired this evening though. I am one of the 54.6% of the population who did NOT vote Conservative. There's a lot of very depressed people around right now. There are also some really inspirational people who are encouraging us to keep going!

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I'm sorry the election results are causing you pain. Life will still include the occasional pantomime going forward. I wish you well.
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Friday 13th - and I've been awake most of the night watching the election results coming in. It's not a good result for the 50% of the population that I identify with.
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I'm consequently quite shattered and disordered at the moment.

I had a text last night asking if I could do a late shift today - so I'm doing that instead of training. The good thing is that I won't have to start until 3pm. So maybe I can have a bit of sleep later today.

The pantomime last night was really funny - very entertainining - and we forgot about things political for an hour or so.

Today - who knows?

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My day is mostly accounted for in my blog today.
It's been a good day despite waking up feeling very unmotivated!

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There is a limit to how much that can be stuffed into a morning. I find myself continually adjusting my routine. This week it's been crawl back into bed and wait for the coffee to brew.

I'm glad your twisted-willow Xmas tree has brought some spirit back into your holiday preparation. My neighbor has one of those contorted willows in the yard. It came very close to being chopped down for the new waterlines. I stopped on my way home and bought a wreath of (fake) red berries to go above the mantel. I felt the lift in spirit myself.

Enjoy your time with CB at the farmers market. Once you cast your vote, the rest is out of your control. It's best to go to the theater and get your mind off it.

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Wednesday

I had one of those nights when I kept wondering whether I hadn't set the alarm! I think because I knew I had set the alarm for 5 am (to try to fit in some study before work) I was mildly anxious about it. When the alarm DID go off at 5 am, I just lay there - and when I looked at my clock it was 5.47 am! So, a bit of a fail this morning.

I think I've reached a threshold with my morning habits routine at the moment - I can't add any more in just at the moment. I bought a new ebook from Stephen Guise yesterday - it was on offer on Amazon (I try not to use Amazon but for ebooks there's not a lot of choice) - it's called 'Elastic Habits' and he says it's better than his 'Mini-Habits' book. I like his work - it works for me!

So, it's dark out there right now, but there is snow, hail, thunder forecast. I think I'll unplug my modem etc before I leave for work today.

I had a lovely evening decorating my tree and putting up lights. I feel a lot better about Xmas now. I was feeling like I didn't even want to decorate. I feel good that I've got a decoration up in my front window that people passing by can enjoy too.

I've got a long day ahead - work from 8-18.30, then straight up to Heamoor for the last evening class of the year. Everything can start to get a bit rushed at this time of year......... I've got a day off tomorrow and am going to see CB in St Ives for coffee at the Farmers' Market, then lunch at her house. Of course, it's Election Day here.............I'm trying to distract myself from it, but not easy; I think the whole nation is suffering from anxiety at the moment. And in the evening I'm going to the theatre with JM to watch something that will be really good fun. All is well.

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Actually, there was no problem with food today as I was at home. I had lentil soup, and scrambled tofu at 12.30, then had the spaghetti, peas & cheeze at 6 pm. All good.

It was a productive day at home in the end. I got my morning things done, including buying a lovely branch of twisted willow which I have made my Xmas tree.

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That's a hard question, whether you should go over to see SH anyway. Certainly not feeling obligated to play host is a gift to her. You will know when to drop by and give her the gift of presence. Good luck with tea today. I know you are off plan now.

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Tuesday

and I've been out for a run/walk in the Wind and Rain!

My friend SH has phoned to say that she's in a bad way - sciatica very painful, and cellulitis - she's taking pills and going back to bed. So I won't be going to St Ives today for tea and cake and supper with her. I wasn't sure whether I should go and see her anyway - but I think not having to think about me coming over is probably the kinder thing today. I'll see her another day.

So - today spreads before me................. it's grey and uninspiring out there at the moment. I did walk up to Heamoor to see the lights last night. There was a good crowd for a small community. I joined their lantern parade and sang a couple of carols, then my bladder dictated that I should head for home!

I have a list of things (as ever) so no excuse for being lazy today. I do need to think about what to eat for tea as I'm not going over to SH for supper as planned. Probably spaghetti with onions, peas, vegan cheese - maybe a vegan hot-dog thrown in - with garlic and chilli.

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December is hard. I could feel it all weekend where I had very little energy to do much of anything. The little oranges are a great idea. It's also a good idea to get out for some of the season's events.

Way to go taking a walk in the face of gale force winds. Also, getting your workout in this morning.

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Guess what? My walking/running habit came out tops on Sunday evening, and I wrapped up in a warm coat, boots and hat, and I went for a walk around the roads for 40 mins.

Monday - exercise routine done, lunch packed, scrambled tofu & mushrooms eaten, hair washed................ I'll be off in a minute or two. Short shift today, and there are some Xmas lights being switched on in the 'village' of Heamoor (suburb of Penzance) this evening, and that's a nice focus for my evening walk.

I just posted something on the 100 DWL team page about coping with the conveyor belt of Xmas events, and reminded myself to get some flavoured coffee and keep stocked up with those little easy-peel oranges. The smells really help me feel kind of festive without adding loads of calories, or kick-starting a carb-binge!

As somebody else posted - December is hard!

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Saturday was just work - which went well. I had a strange thing on Friday night - I half-woke to a flashing light, and thought it was a car outside with hazard lights on. I must have drifted back to sleep, wondering why there wasn't an alarm going off as well, and later woke again, to realize that it was my fairy lights which had suddenly decided to come on! Of course, in the dark of the night, they seemed very bright! It was an odd half-awake experience.

Saturday night I watched half of The Polar Express before falling asleep, then continued with the rest of it this morning, with my coffee! Well, why not? I enjoyed the leisurely start to the day.

I've been out and done laundry, and collected a parcel from town. I didn't have anything to eat until 2pm - just had a lovely curry-spiced bowl of veggies with some cashews and coconut. I'm going to make a banana and raspberry 'ice-cream' next.

I don't want to go out again today - gale-force winds are forecast - it seems OK at the moment. I just want to stay home, cosy and quiet. I'm listening to music on BBC radio 6 (on-line). I've got quite a busy week ahead - a quiet day is nice.





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Thanks - it was tearful, but good, if you know what I mean.

I was really fortunate - I'd missed the bus by 5 mins (read the timetable wrong), and was wondering how the hell to get there on time, when I heard someone calling my name - it was a Buddhist friend, Ruth, who said "Do you need a lift?" - wonderful! I got a lift to the funeral, and the wake, and home again with her - we were good company for each other.

I'm exhausted this evening, and I didn't stick to my menu plans today - I had a good breakfast of smashed avocado on toasted rye bread. But I wasn't hungry at lunch time, so just had a cup of tea and a little vegan tiffin bar (sweet) - then picked up a bag of crisps to eat on the bus (which I ate in the car). At the wake I had a gin and tonic, and two mince pies. When I got home I made myself a vegan bacon sandwich - and another cup of tea.

Not over-eating perhaps - at least not calorie-wise. But it was 'emotional' eating food-wise.

Another early night - 10.5 hrs work shift tomorrow.

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Enjoy your run and your new running togs. Sending you loving kindness, strength and compassion to get you through the funeral.

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It did! I slept for 10 hours!!!!
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I'm having a coffee and Sparking before I go for a run this morning - to avoid the school and college young people - not that they take any notice of me, but I'd just rather avoid the rush!

It's raining I think........... I've got a new shell jacket my sister gave me for my birthday - so I'm going to wear that and test out it's rainproofness. It's an Asics Motion Protect jacket; one that you can pack into the pocket - very light. I've got a lovely warm mid-layer from Contra (the parkrun company) which is part merino wool - so soft that I want to live in it!

So - today's the funeral - I'm sorry that it's raining; GW (she was GH, but they married before he died, so she's now GW) was hoping for a dry, bright day. Still, it might clear up later - the funeral is at 3 pm.

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I hope your self care helped.

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Yes, some days are like that.

Thursday - and after 7 hrs sleep I really did not want to get out of my warm bed this morning. I'm working 7.30-17.00 today, then there's recorder group again this evening (practising for a Christmas Carol thing).

I can have an early night tonight, and I don't have to be up early tomorrow. Tomorrow is GW's funeral.

Later: When I got home, my feet were so weary that I soaked them in a bowl with lavender and sandalwood until the water went cold! I didn't go to recorder group today. I am going to bed with a cup of cocoa and a book to read.

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You do keep busy.

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12/4/19 6:10 A

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Wednesday (already!)

So - yes, woke up at work after only 6 hrs sleep, so feeling pretty tired now.

I have library banking to do, then a recorder group meet-up, a Cornish evening class, some shopping to do, and a bag of unwanted medication to take back to the chemist (involves a nice walk!)

I'll just do one thing at a time!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

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12/3/19 1:21 P

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It's the winter weather thing. sunny and cold or warm and wet. Well, wet is warm meteorologically. It doesn't always feel warmer. Often the dampness cuts deeper then the cold temperatures. I'm glad you are getting outside in the sunshine.

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12/3/19 4:58 A

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The weekend weight appeared on the scales this morning - 117lbs.
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It's sharp and cold, but the sun has come out again, which is such a blessing.
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My friend, GH (whose husband recently died) is coming over this morning - we will chant and chat, then go for lunch together.

I'm off to work at 4.30 pm, but will probably try to get there earlier to have a 'catch-up' on the messages and info! I'm doing a sleep-in shift.

When I did my arm strength-training this morning I realised I need to up the weights a little - it's now too easy.

Gill

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12/2/19 4:27 A

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Yes, you're right about my sister. If I ever stop running she won't know what to give me! Mind you, I never know what to give her either!

I tried to make myself a mug of hot chocolate with that luxury chocolate orange stuff - and it was basically orange-flavoured vegan chocolate flaked............ you can probably imagine.......... I started wanting to eat it by the spoonful. So, after a few spoonfuls, I tipped it all in the rubbish bin! Terrible I know, but I can not have stuff like that in the house!

Monday - and it took me 30 mins of 'snooze' before I could lever myself out of my warm bed, but I did, and went out for a frosty, but beautiful run! The sun came up and is glorious!

When I got home there was a phone call from work desperate for cover today - I said "No, sorry!"

Today I am going to buy myself a cobalt blue jumper I saw last week, and this afternoon I'm going to have a recorder lesson. For lunch I'm going to buy a SALAD from the wholefood shop.

My weight is, amazingly, still on-track!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

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