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12/10/18 12:35 P

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Where have I been?! I fell behind. Friday morning I got caught up with parkrun. You will read about that on other threads. I guess it didn't leave time to post, and Saturday morning was parkrun.

You have done a lot of work on your connection with family and friends this fall. That takes time too and there is only so much of it. I'm kind of sorry you didn't run the race like you plan. I didn't do whatever run I set out to do that was comparable. These chafes are okay, but a little disappointing. We would have felt soooo good if we had done them!! emoticon

If you no longer have phone with BT, their threat is kind of toothless. I know you still have to get them straight or they can mess up your banking. You can deal with it on your schedule is all I'm saying. Good luck.

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12/9/18 3:50 P

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Sunday - and I've stayed home ALL DAY today!

First, I slept until about 8am. Then didn't feel very hungry, so didn't make my Sunday pancakes - then about two hours' later regretted it as I went looking for oatcakes and peanut butter etc! Never mind.

I got some washing done - pegged out with 'storm pegs' as there are very ferocious gusts of wind around.

I enjoyed watching two episodes of a brilliant drama currently showing on BBC "Mrs Wilson" based on a true story of a woman married to a spy.

I made some very nice crispy baked potato skins for lunch, with veggie sausages and some stir-fried veggies (courgette, mushroom, carrot) - then vegan ice-cream and blueberries for dessert.

This afternoon I settled down to make a little craft project I'd bought in a shop. And enjoyed some nice sharing on What's App with the family - pictures of their Xmas trees, video of my grandson being very entertaining. I'm enjoying the connection I've gained through getting a smartphone!

Back to work tomorrow......... unfortunately there is a team meeting 10.30-14.30, then my work shift 15.30-22.00 - so it'll feel like a very long day. And it means I'm missing yoga class, again.

I've eaten too much this weekend - not a huge amount, but the carby things that put on weight. So, back to basics tomorrow!

I've joined the 5% Winter challenge. I don't usually join those things, but I saw a couple of friends had joined and figured it might be a good time for me to get a grip on things again.

I haven't done any exercise today either - a rest day. But I did do some Cornish study, which was good.

I think I'm going to have an early night, and get my stuff ready for work in the morning.......... so, better set the alarm, just in case!

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12/8/18 4:02 P

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Saturday

I had a wonderful time with JG. I got to her house at 10.30am and got home at 6pm. It stayed dry for us, and we walked right out to Mariazion and had lunch there, then walked back. I just tracked it and I've walked 11.44 miles today!

I saw the finishing line for the race I was going to do - the Bys Vyken Fordh Sen Mighel from Lelant to Marazion. They looked pretty knackered - the wind was really strong. But not cold. I'm glad I didn't do it!

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12/8/18 4:51 A

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Saturday

Wet, grey, windy. I woke with a headache early this morning, but went back to sleep. I think it's still a cold/sinus type thing lingering - my grandson was full of it last weekend, and I spent a lot of yesterday shivering in damp clothes.

I started the day well, and am all set to spend the day with my friend. Then the phone rang, and it was a BT robot telling me I hadn't paid my bill. I left BT back in November and paid my final bill. I can see how people get in a state about these calls - it's already upset me quite a bit. They threaten to cut your phone off. And you can't speak to a human being to discuss it. I checked my phone accounts and my bank accounts - I'll go down to the EE shop next week and ask them to sort it out for me. They're really helpful (and, perversely they are now a subsidiary company of BT!).

I'm telling myself to 'let it go!' and have a nice day with JG.


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12/7/18 2:23 P

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Friday

Oh my goodness, I only had 10 mins to walk to the training this morning - but the heavens opened and I got soaked by torrential rain and hail which I had not expected!

The training was better today - smaller group, and a bit more relaxed. I didn't need to eat my 'protein bar' at coffee-time, but waited for lunch break.

It's a bit wild here again - wind and rain. I am glad to be home, warm and safe. I've had a nice bath, and reckon bed is not far away!

I'm researching Cornish language learning resources to refocus myself on this, as it's something I want to do.

And the GMB is fun - so I am looking forward to that at the moment.

I'm spending tomorrow with the new friend, JG. We had intended to go out somewhere, but the weather isn't looking friendly, but we'll figure out what to do tomorrow.

My brother just posted a picture from Norway - flying to Oslo for the work Xmas 'do'!!!! Whatever next?!

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12/6/18 3:55 P

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Thursday

I had a lovely day with CB. I was actually there from 10am to 5.30pm! We had a fab tour of an exhibition at the art gallery - fascinating. Then we had lunch together at her house - hummus, salad, toasted sourdough bread. Then we went into town together and looked round a few shops - there were some things she needed to get. That was new for us - we've not done that together before. Then back to her house again for more tea and chat.

I used the time on the bus to read, which is something I've missed since I stopped using the buses on a regular basis.

I came home and enjoyed some of the veggie lentil curry I'd made yesterday. And prepared my packed lunch for work (second training day) tomorrow.

And that is about it! Oh - got my wrist and ankle exercises to do! Then bed!

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12/6/18 12:51 P

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The video was a great idea! Showing them your space was important to you. You demonstrated that by making the video. And, met your need without making it a big deal for the distracted parents. (I was a parent too ... probably enough said emoticon)

Your Tuesday and Wednesday entries are flu of fun little bits of information. I can't respond to everything (it's kind of frustrating, really :) I hope you are enjoying a nice visit with CB today!

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12/5/18 2:37 P

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Wednesday

Last night I did a lovely guided Zen meditation for sleep - and drifted off into a lovely sleep, until rudely awoken by a car roaring up the road past my window! Doh!

I've got back on track with healthy eating which feels very good. Training today was quite tiring - and I did add a packet of plain potato chips/crisps to my lunch (that was emotional - but at least I didn't have sugar or anything worse!)

For tea I had the stir-fried cavolo nero with chilli and garlic and pine kernels - it was delicious and I could have easily eaten and eaten it!

I'm now making a curry with things that need using up - mushrooms, aubergine, courgette, a potato, onion, some brown lentils. That'll be ready to eat when I need it - maybe tomorrow - maybe Friday.

I'm working on wrist-strengthening exercises on GMB and ankle exercises. The ankle routine has really improved my toe mobility too - impressive!

I had a parcel when I got home - the new grinder attachment for my Ninja (bought with money my brother gave me for my birthday).

It's been nice to have some extra money this month - to be able to treat my family to meals out and buy all my Xmas presents. I've made an appointment to get my eyes checked, so hopefully I'll have some new glasses before Xmas too - I'm thinking two pairs - one for everyday, and one more daring pair!

Tomorrow I'm going over to St Ives to see my mate CB, and we're heading to the Tate for a curator's talk/tour. I always enjoy my time with CB - it'll be a nice day - especially after a not-so-great training day today.

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12/4/18 2:50 P

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Thanks, Brian. I made a video of my flat to show them - I think they were quite surprised at how large, and how nice, it is!

It was really good to have been able to spend that time with them. You're right;
I appreciated them making the effort to come down. I'll hopefully get up to see them in Spring next year. They have found a semi-detached house to rent - so will have more space (less money for a while) and a garden, and I think it will do them so much good.

I had intended to go for a run this evening, but it started raining about 3pm and is still raining - so I'm not!

I have purchased Elements on GMB, and spent some time looking at the stuff. It's very different to anything I've done before. It's not free like Darebee - but it is totally different.

I've got a day of training at work tomorrow (taking two days out of my holiday worst luck!) which is positive behaviour management (aka dealing with challenging behaviours and keeping yourself safe/self-defence). It's pretty intense - we have a day of theory, then a day of practical. Having to pack lunch again feels like a chore!

I overcame several temptations today - when I was shopping I kept finding myself considering buying things that were carb-like - justifying it by thinking it was 'healthier' - like lentil chips, or sunflower seed crackers - I resisted - I knew what was going on!
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I satisfied the need by buying a pot of ready-made roasted red pepper hummus, some cavolo nero leaves, which I'm actually going to PREP tonight, so that I can stir-fry them when I get home after the training tomorrow. I bought two kinds of non-wheat noodles. There were some packets of weird rice/pasta substitute in the shop (which I did NOT buy) saying 'only 14kcals per serving' - made with konjac? Have you come across it? I felt suspicious of a food that only had 14 kcals (and I had no idea what konjac was - I have now, thanks to Google!)



Reckon I'll prep my kale stuff, make my packed lunch, head for bed to listen to rain and read!


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12/4/18 12:23 P

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I would think they (your son) would want to see where you live too. It's not an unrealistic expectation. But there is the baby ... and a stressed out mum. It's okay to think that it's odd. Good practice in letting go. The important thing is that they made the effort to see you and you spent good time with them.

I have not check into GMC. I'm glad you found something to engage your interest. Run? I'm struggling to get back into the habit. I hope you get out for a run soon.

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12/4/18 3:15 A

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The morning went very well and my grandson really enjoyed Paradise Park. As it is the closed season, he was the only one there at penguin-feeding time, and bless him, he got stuck in picking up the little fish and throwing them to the penguins!

Then we spent an hour or so in the indoor play barn, where they ALL had fun on the slides and things. We stayed to eat there as it was a child-friendly area.

In the afternoon, I went into town with my d-i-l to look round the shops - she loves craft stuff. It was good to spend some time with her - maybe she's not a crazy-maker, just a very stressed out young mum. My son stayed home with grandson who had a bit of a nap.

In the evening, I baby-sat for them so they could go to the cinema together. Baby has a really stuffed up head cold and woke himself up around 10pm snuffling badly. I couldn't soothe him, and after spraying some saline up his nose, I spent half an hour rubbing his back, listening to him whimper.

So - this morning I am going down to say 'goodbye' as they're off home. They haven't been to my flat at all! Another thing to 'let go' - I thought they'd want to see where I'm living now......... as you said,Brian, a 20-month old is pretty much the focus of all attention - that's his job!

I had a successful, sane, eating day yesterday. I had one small bagel with Marmite and a little peanut butter for breakfast. Lunch was a small pannini with roasted vegetables, mozarrella cheese, a small, but fresh, garnish of cucumber, lettuce, tomato. Dinner (at home) was a kind of chilli I made with some chick peas that needed using up, with Brussels Sprouts (no carbs), a kiwi, and a lemon raw bar.

I feel all set to be back on track.

I've been playing around with GMB moves each day - they are fun, and I can feel how beneficial they are in developing strength, control, flexibility (and confidence). I am going to sign up for their Elements programme.

Sometime soon, I will venture out for a run again.......... maybe even tonight.

Gill

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12/3/18 11:55 P

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It can be hard for people on holiday to let go of their plans. Hope the day went smoothly. Enjoy the ride.

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12/3/18 3:21 A

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I slept well last night. This morning a text from my d-i-l says they had a 'dreadful night', so I've offered to take the g-son out in his pushchair to give them a little break, and suggested that maybe my son could stay home with the little one this afternoon and me and d-i-l could go and explore the shops (she likes shops and crafty stuff).

I'm waiting to hear. Yes, letting go of expectations is a good coping skill.

............ah, they still want to go to Paradise Park this morning, a pub lunch, then explore the shops this afternoon and cinema this evening. Okey Dokey. Better get going!



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12/2/18 9:50 P

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I hope you get a good sleep. It will help you keep up with the family. I just spent 48 hours with family. In that time plans changed many times. It's tiring to keep up with. I finally removed expectations and just let it happen. I can adapt. I hope you enjoy the tie with family. And yes, a 20 month old does kind of sets the agenda emoticon

One thing about having family over is that you get to play tourist yourself. There a re many things here in my home town that I've never done or only when showing out-of-town guests around.

You will get the hang of Windows 10. Thoughtful gift you got.

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12/2/18 12:54 P

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I was disturbed by my upstairs neighbours arguing until past midnight...... but then slept for about 6.5hrs.

Today went better for me (and us all I think). I was determined to be positive and supportive. I managed 6 hrs with them today! I am tired now, but that's OK.

We went to a local amusement park called Flambards where there was a very popular Xmas fair on - lots of lovely things to see and to buy! I bought my d-i-l and myself both knitted headbands to keep our ears warm. It was nice to buy her something she liked.

I'd not been to Flambards before, and I think I'll go back there next year - it has a really interesting museum/Victorian Village. It was quite crowded - it's been drizzling rain for the past two days. But there was a lovely selection of crafts - such clever creative people.

When we got back, we walked along the sea-front with the sea crashing against the sea wall, then all had lunch together in a cafe that served very nice home-cooked foods. I had a baked Brie with walnuts, and a lovely salad. I had a glass of mulled cider. My son and d-i-l had milkshakes in huge glasses topped with cream and sauce!

We walked back through town, then I came on home. They haven't been to my flat yet.

My grandson is teething and seems to have a cough - they bought some medicine for him - so we'll see how he is tomorrow. Tomorrow I'm planning to babysit for them so they can have an evening out at the cinema.

I've eaten more than usual and my weight is up a couple of pounds after my birthday weekend!

Never mind. I've signed up for the 5% Winter Challenge - it's not starting just yet, but I think the focus will be good for me to get back on track after the holidays.

I am spending the evening finally wrapping the last presents - and writing the last cards- then watching the results of Strictly Come Dancing. Hoping for a good sleep tonight.

Gill

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12/1/18 12:55 P

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Well, first, I have a new computer. It's a refurbished computer, but top-notch. However, it has Windows 10 on it, Chrome and Firefox, and I've been having a bit of a time trying to figure it out. I'll get there. However, I've lost all my photos and bookmarks......... So, there's a good reason to make a fresh start if I ever needed one!

Today was quite tiring. My d-i-l is a bit of a crazy-maker I think........she stresses about things, then stresses everyone else. It was exhausting for me. We went to St Ives this morning because she wanted to go to the Etsy craft fair. She didn't want to travel on B roads, so followed the satnav on A roads (despite the fact that I live here and know the way - I left her to it). But on the return journey the satnav took her on B roads, and she then said she didn't mind.

When we got to the craft fair, she stayed in there about 15 mins...... there was loads to see, and a nice cafe and stuff - I bought a few things, but was sorry not to have more time there. Perhaps it was because it's hard for her with a toddler.

We split up for a bit, and met up again at the Tate - where I treated us all to coffee and cake - here's my grandson with his babyccino! It gave us a chance to relax a while. There were a few craft activities going on for the children, and she enjoyed that. There was also a local schools choir singing - that brought tears to my eyes!

However, the little grandson needs a nap in the afternoon - so we went back to their place, and put him down to sleep. I came home, hoping they would be able to join me to go and see the Xmas lights switched on, but he was still asleep - and so was my son! So I went on my own.

My plans for entertaining them here for meals and stuff has gone right out the window..... I hadn't appreciated how much limitation a 20-month old would put on our activities. I think they probably need the chill-out time really.

Tomorrow I hope I can babysit for them while they go to the cinema - give them some time alone.

But being just 'with' them, and sitting around not doing much, made me very weary!

It threw my own eating off-track too - and I've said I'll leave them to do their own evening meals (they have a full kitchen, and a shop right nearby) - and we'll do lunch together when we're out.

I hope I didn't weary them.............

This evening I am going to watch Strictly Come Dancing. Enjoying my new computer. I will get an early night tonight.

I was hoping to get some roasted chestnuts at the Xmas Market - but there were none there today.

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12/1/18 4:12 A

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Thanks, Karen. I had to modify my expectations quite a bit due to family visiting - but I enjoyed my day. Lovely to see you here - feel free to come over for a chat any time - there are often things I want to ramble on about which I don't want to put on the more public Spark Page (I know this is public too - but not so many people check in here).

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Happy Birthday! You are well "together" on this birthday. Sorry the family is running late. I totally get (and know) the feeling of it ruined and taking it personally. It's very personal. You are doing well to set that aside and go on with your real intentions like when is the right time to eat. Your visit can pick up at the moment you four are together at last.

Take care. Enjoy. I'm headed up to my mum's house for a couple days. The one off the grid. Enjoy your family visit. I will check in when I have service.
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Well, I'm 64 today! How did that happen?!
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and I'm probably more 'together' than I've ever been.

I've recently got interested in GMB Fitness - and they're doing 12 Days of Play at the moment, which is fun, and I have been surprised to find out what I can actually do!

Today, I've been preparing for my son and d-i-l and grandson to appear - they were going to be here at about 3pm, and we were going to eat at 5pm. Plans have changed, they are now not here until 7pm, and asked whether I can take the meal down to the place where they're staying (air b&B apartment). They will be hitting the city interchange at rush-hour too - an hour from here. There's a report of a multi-vehicular crash on that road too.............

With a 20-month old babe, they are not going to be in a great mood when they get here, are they. I wish I could almost say - I'll see you tomorrow!

I'm having my meal now - and will take the rest over for them later. It's too late for me to be eating at 7-8pm now. I don't want to.

My lovely birthday tea with the family has kind of been spoiled............I'm trying not to mind too much. My friend gave me a half-bottle of a local speciality gin - I'm going to enjoy a gin and tonic, eat my tea, light my own candle on my little banana and vegan ice-cream dessert, with tiny vegan brownie, and some sprinkles on top and a candle. Bit like a birthday banana split.

I'm not going to worry about them too much. I offered them organic whole milk - they said it might be 'too thick for the teat on the bottle' so they'll pick up regular milk. OK. I give up.

I've had a nice day. I did some leisurely shopping. I had lunch in a sweet cafe and had a portabello & stilton pannini with a lovely selection of salads on the side, and a nice coffee. I've had some lovely presents too. Not all things I wanted, and I've already recycled three of them! Sorry! One was a kind of daily planner notebook - I don't use them, so I gave it to my neighbour who organises a monthly raffle for the block. Also some very nice hand lotion and foot cream - I didn't need it as I already have those things - so I donated those as well. I took an unwanted oil-burner to the charity shop. I don't have room anymore for things I don't need.

Another friend has given me a very nice lambswool snood thing - a tube that goes over your head/neck. She gives me something like that every year, and I never get on with them. I'll persevere with this one for a while as it is warm, and I can use it as a kind of collar/scarf perhaps.

My sister gave me a nice mug - I don't need any more mugs, but I'll keep that one and perhaps get rid of another one to make room. My brother send me some money, so I'm going to get myself the grinder attachment for my food processor.

Right - off to pour that G&T, and to try not to take my family's delay too personally. I do feel hurt - it's a familiar feeling. Much as I understand, it's their holiday, and it's hard travelling with a young child. Also, my son doesn't drive, so my d-i-l has to do all the driving.

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Thanks, yes, I did do well yesterday.

Saturday - and it's wild outside. Apparently we have the tail end of Hurricane Oscar?

I went to the Buddhist course for the day today - it was inspiring, but I felt tired (as did several people) from being sat down, and indoors all day. It's almost 10pm now, and I am off to bed as soon as I've finished this (should have turned my computer off an hour ago I suppose!).

I have blogged about my day - I ate bread and sugary things which set me off on a carb-crave. I cooked a dahl when I got home, but before it was ready I'd already eaten Ryvita with cream cheese and choc-shot (Sweet Freedom) - so I have kept the dahl for tomorrow.

I really hate it when I got off the rails with bread and stuff these days - I can really feel how it affects me. I'm not sure if it's just blood sugar, or how it affects the brain, but either way - I can feel the effect!

All set now for a sane-eating Sunday!

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I just resubscribed to your blog ... again. Not completely sure what makes me fall off the list -- I pretty much manage my Spark-life through email notifications these days. I commented about this on your blog. You really do have a lot of little things like your neighbor, the hot wage, work, budget, time change, etc. to add up to make you feel down. You did a good job of caring for yourself today. I hope the talk with your manager helps. November 13th IS too long to wait for hot water. I say this for the part of you that is sick and tired of being patient emoticon ). It's a sign of resiliency when you can feel like celebrating even though nothing has really changed. That's not true ... your attitude changed. You are stronger then these things.

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Thanks. And, yes, World Vegan Day - my son posted a photo of the canteen at the University which has a Vegan Corner - great stuff.

I woke at 3am to voices upstairs....... darn it! He has a young family staying (man, woman, toddler) who stay regularly - not related to him, and better than the drunks........but I felt miserable about being woken at 3am. Moan over.

I'm not at work until 3.30pm, but I feel pressurised already - I've taken some Valerian which might help me calm down. I can only assume that an accumulation of minor stresses have built up to a critical level for me - I'm feeling it.

I am kind of waiting for this to pass. Eating carefully is my priority.

The sun is shining. I have some washing in the machine - so I'll get that out on the line. Take the new phone down to the shop and get them to transfer my numbers over.

Tomorrow I'm going to a Buddhist event - I'm doing one day of a week-end course. Lunch will be provided - I've ordered vegan - see what we get - hopefully it'll be a nice surprise!

Later:

Feeling better as the day goes on - as is often the case. Maybe the Valerian is helping. The sun has been shining, so the washing is ready to be brought in.

I paid it forward by giving a homeless man some money this morning - he wasn't begging. I got my phone sorted out. Went to find a pretty birthday card for my sister-in-law, and ended up buying three lovely little hand-made gifts for Xmas gifts - then bought some pretty wrapping paper in another independent shop. I love being able to buy things from people who've made things.

I also happened to bump into the housing manager in town, and he asked how things were - I told him about the family staying overnight and he said he'd look into it.

I felt so much better that I decided to treat myself to a latte in a sweet street-corner cafe in town.


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Congratulations on making the phone switch. I know you have talk of and even tried doing this before. It always feels good when something that is put off is now done. I hope talking to your manager is helpful for you. It's a good idea.

Veganuary tells me its World Vegan Day -- Oh, Happy Day! Enjoy your vegan yogurt and cheese.

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Slept well - cosied up in jumper and hot-water bottle.

I woke up feeling blah! See my blog today!

I got up and chanted, did some yoga. I have a glitch in my right sacro-iliac joint. the remedy is more yoga I guess, and walking.

I walked along the seafront to the shop and got a few bits for breakfast. Spark had suggested bagels, so I bought some - even as I knew their bready nature was risky. I bought some cream cheese too as they had no dairy-free.

I had a sociable morning in town: I went to Smith's to post my sister's birthday present, and chatted to a lady trying to find an envelope to fit something she wanted to post. I also bought a roll of Xmas wrapping paper and some ribbon.

Then I surprised myself by going into the phone shop and came out 90 mins later with a swanky phone and have switched my home phone & broadband over to EE too - thereby improving my service and reducing my monthly cost by about 30%! Much better!



Then I did my food shopping - stocking up in vegan yoghurt and cheeses. I got a couple of frozen vegan ready-meals in too. Amy's Kitchen. I was hungry by then, so I treated myself to a wonderfully tasty vegan salad box for lunch.

I have arranged to have a chat with my manager on Monday morning, after my sleep-in shift. This was helpful last time, so I think it will be again - he is pretty good at helping me find a way forward.

I am off to work at 3pm today. Guess I have time to do my budget......or see my curtain........or read.......or knit........

Budget it is then! That will relieve some of my anxiety.

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I'm glad you got through the stress day not tempted at all to eat anything but the healthy foods you planned and brought with you. Have a good sleep.

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The cakes were almost all gone today when I went in. Even one of the cake-eaters said that the boxed cakes were SO sweet they were almost painful to eat! There were a couple of pastries left - and he eventually finished that one off. I binned about six or seven of the over-sweet tray-bake cake bars. They're gone.

It was a stressy day at work (partly why I binned the sugary stuff, because I was sorely tempted!) - there had been an incident yesterday evening which involved calling the police. But the team I was working with (all male) were good - we all helped each other get through a difficult day! This evening there was a Hallowe'en Party. We have one member of staff who is a good party organiser - who made it happen for them - there was lots of food which they troughed their way through at a revolting rate! I didn't feel tempted AT ALL. I ate my rice, quinoa, tofu thing - and then had a hot chocolate when I got home (soya milk, cocoa, coconut sugar, chilli, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg).

I am heading for the bed with a hot-water bottle and a book - I am SO tired!

I hope it's not too noisy outside tonight - Hallowe'en!
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Ouch ... team meeting sounds tough. The cake and chocolate discussions have come to an uncomfortable level by the sounds of it. Well done holding yourself together. Making a meal plan is always a strong step forward.

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Team meeting was draining - far too long, too stuffy, too sedentary........... exhausts me!

On the table there was a box of 'tray bake' type cakes, two layers deep, chocolate and pink. There were three boxes of supermarket 'danish pastries'. There were two bags containing 6 sugary doughnuts each. There was a container of grapes and strawberries.

With my recent speaking out about the chocolates in the staff room, the whole subject of cakes and crap food has become more talked about. Some people made jokes about me and the cakes, almost taunting me - I said I didn't have much problem with those cakes right now, but if they were left there until late evening, I might! I also said if they were still there tomorrow, I'd bin them!

When I got home after the voluntary work, I did the YWA one for Healthy Blood Flow - it was short, but quite challenging holding legs straight up in the air!

It's the end of the month, and I've had to push myself to be creative with food prep for tomorrow at work. Lunch is home-made hummus, olives, pumpernickel bread, a few dried apricots and some almonds. Tea is a mixture of rice and quinoa (ready-cooked pack!) with some smoked tofu, red peppers, beetroot, in a sweet chilli sauce. I'm clean out of fresh fruit.

I have just made myself plan the next five days' menus - and a shopping list I can do tomorrow evening or Thursday morning.

I'm feeling ready for bed right now, but have committed to going up the road to chant for an hour with LT.

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We need to get cracking and encourage each other to get back on track. It will come. I'm not worried. You would like the small-community feel of Queen Anne, except that it sits smack in the middle of a sprawling city! Step-Mum is comfortable in big cities, but holds a deep desire for Devon and Cornwall -- especially St Ives.
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The Queen Anne area sounds delightful - I'd love it. Sounds like I might get on quite well with your step-mum too.

I am feeling fine now - it was a transient thing, thankfully! There does seem to be something going around which causes either heartburn or gassy problems in the intestines - interesting.

Team meeting this morning. Volunteering at the library afterwards. Chanting with friend this evening.

It's still cold, but the sun is shining today. I've got YWA Halloween routine Blood Flow, lined up for later. Not been 'good' at running or Darebee just lately.



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Oooo, you really have a new friend. At least a new lifestyle buddy who is real and local. I visited my step-Mum on Sunday and went for an exploratory walk around her new Queen Anne neighborhood. Queen Anne is the steepest of Seattle's seven hills. Some roads get too steep for a road and they end in a stairway down to the next level. These walkways are often small and partially obscured by the landscaping. The city really does a pretty good job of maintaining them. Step-mum has a map of all the stairways on QA, and is slowly marking them off. We came to place with a really nice viewpoint looking over the water which we shared with a mom and son out exploring too. They had a guidebook of these routes all around the city. I think I have that book in my collection too.

Sorry you don't feel well. Glad you felt you could stay home and care for yourself. I hope it goes away soon. The heater is cute. I'm sure it is cozy on a cold evening when you don't feel well. Take care.

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Well, I got my trip to Trengwainton done, and a bit of an exploratory footpath walk in the way back which took me to an impassable muddy farmyard, so I retraced my steps and ended up walking in a big circle; it was all useful information.

I stopped to visit JG on my way there - she lives in Heamoor. She had just got home from work, and was expecting a visit from family, so couldn't walk with me. But she is keen to try the yoga class with me. She has also borrowed one of my basic vegetarian cookbooks as she has given up meat.

I had cramping pain in my gut all morning that I couldn't get rid of. I thought a good walk would help, but it didn't. I think it may be a slight infection - a couple of people have been off with a sickness bug. Apart from feeling lack-lustre, I have not felt sick or had diarrhoea, so hopefully it will settle down. I felt bad enough to phone in sick for work today.

I am laying on the settee listening to my guts rumbling!!!

Read. Knit. Wish I could have a bath. Guess I could fill a hot water bottle to hug.

I over-roasted some Brussel sprouts for lunch, with a kind of savoury roast. I used a few almonds, some sunflower seeds, chia, flax, dried tomato, smoked tofu, lemon, soy sauce, herbs, pepper.)



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I did enjoy the dancing show - they are amazing!

I got into bed at 9pm wearing a jumper and socks over my PJs, and two blanket 'throws' on the bed. I read.

I woke this morning with the throws on the floor, but I still had my jumper on - so it must have been a cold night.

The clocks went back last night, so I have enjoyed a nice long morning!

I have an electric heater in my bedroom with a fake fire effect - it makes me feel cosy.


I am working this afternoon/evening, so must crack on! I want to walk to Trengwainton this morning, so will prep lunch before I go.

I haven't done proper yoga or Darebee since Friday and already feel stiff!

So - off I go!
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Hope you enjoyed the dancing. The rain has started up here. I think the forecast is for rain over the next week or more. It would be nice to go to the beach anyway. Enjoy your Sunday.

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I popped into town to get two cartons of organic soya milk with a voucher I had! Win!

I baked some shortbread cookies (g-free flour, coconut flour, ground rice, coconut sugar, dairy-free spread/margarine. I had four for dessert after lunch.

I wrapped up and put wellies on to walk on the beach at low tide - was out for an hour. Not sand like St Ives, but pebbles and seaweed. But also very few people, and more birds. It felt good to get out near the sea.

Came home feeling a bit hungry after the sugar hit, so had Marmite on Ryvita crispbread with a cup of tea. Then we had a shower of hail and the temperature is dropping as the sun goes down.

I've got a fun tv show to enjoy this eve "Strictly Come Dancing"! Will snuggle on the settee with a blanket!


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Saturday.

I have a day off.

The temperatures have fallen suddenly here and with wind chill it's below freezing.

I have nowhere I have to be, so my day can unfold naturally.

Thursday I did my voluntary work, then went to work.
Friday I did laundry and shopping, then went to work.

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Thursday is gone too. Happy Friday and have a great weekend whatever you have to do.

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Wednesday has been, and gone. I allowed myself some extra sleep this morning.

I spent a few hours with JG and met up with two other work colleagues for lunch over at St Just. I had mushrooms on toast.

It was a lovely day, cold but sunny. I had time for yoga before work.

I worked this evening and just had fruit & yoghurt for tea.

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No, I've had a great day. Am heading for an early night with my book.


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Time can get away from you when you use it to take care of your needs. It was time well spent. You are worth every minute you give to you. Hope rushing didn't cause you nay stress through the day.

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I set my alarm for 6am last night and promised myself that if I woke earlier I would get up. I woke at 4.30 and got up.

I chanted in a whisper, then did a bit of Buddhist reading, then unfilled my yoga mat. Next thing I know, it's 6.30 and I need to rush to be ready for work!!!!!

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emoticon But, with that 'okay' you increase the chances that you can fit one in a week. That's great. Both J and the yoga in the park instructor saw that I had yoga experience even though I'd never attended a yoga class before.

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I think I kind of managed the weekend - I wasn't highly motivated to do anything much!

A nice thing about the yoga class was that the teacher said she could see that I did yoga. She said "That wasn't too challenging, was it?" I said "Oh, it was challenging, but it felt really good!" Now that she has seen my 'level' of ability, she says I can drop in to any of her other classes - which will make it easier for me with my shift working. It is, however, £7 a time, so I can't do it more than once a week.

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Glad you liked the yoga class. That is a good, positive environment to put for yourself in. Way to go! Resisting that tub of Celebrations is another positive. All around it sounds like a good weekend.

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The yoga class was wonderful. I like the teacher. It was Iyengar yoga, so blocks and chairs used. Very effective, and a lovely relaxation at the end. Next one is in two weeks.

I am having a ready meal for lunch! Amy's Kitchen gluten free lasagne, and a bit of garlic bread! I bought a small crusty baton and made my own garlic butter. Feels like a real treat!
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The flower bed I look out on has been replanted for winter. I really appreciate what these guys do; they live in the block and have taken charge of the yard!


Later: fell asleep for a couple of hours after lunch! Off to a Buddhist meeting this evening.

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Monday

Major victory - I spent the night in a room with a tub of Celebrations and didn't eat any!
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The sun is shining. I'm off to the yoga class this morning.

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Sunday

I ended up sleeping at work last night because two staff were off sick! It was ok, I slept pretty well.

I have done very little today. I managed my Sun Salutations at work, and chanted when I got home. Then I went straight into Spark instead of doing Darebee.

I have given my feet a pamper, cooked lunch (sweet potato with spicy bean & veg, vegan cheese, fruit salad and oat cream). I have packed my tea (lettuce & tomato, ryvita with peanut butter, stewed apple, yogurt) and breakfast (granola, raspberries).
Doing another overnight shift (sleep in).

I'm going to have an after-lunch coffee then go out for a walk; it's a lovely day!


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I skipped on past yoga last night, and went straight to bed when I got home at 9.30pm. I'm glad I did - I slept really well, and was woken at 6.30am by boom, boom music from the flat above me (not loud, but the bass thing going on). So I got up and started my day. My morning routine is pretty strong at the moment:
tongue scrape; weigh; drink water; chant; pranayama, yoga. I've extended my sun salutations into an intuitive yoga session based on what I've learnt with Adriene - it feels good.

I went out for a walk at 8am, and was out for 50 mins. It was a beautiful, sunny morning; cold, but sunny.

I've got washing on the line. A bit of shopping to do. One of the things about eating three times a day and having a good non-food gap at night, is that I get a good idea of what I WANT to eat. Today, I changed my lunch plan whilst I was out walking - and to use the cauliflower I have, and the tofu cheese spread, I'm going to have cauliflower cheese, with roasted potato - then a peach cobbler. When I was walking past the hotels and places, I could smell a kind of cinnamon smell in the air - and that made me think of the cobbler.
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I just listened to a talk given by Dr Yoni Freedhoff about how we can't just say 'no' in a flood of junk food. It made me feel better about myself when I heard someone tell me that it's just not possible to keep up the number of 'no' choices we need to make when we live in a society which is flooded with things we shouldn't eat.

Last night at work, there was the dreaded tub of Celebrations - even as I took the lid off, I knew it was unlikely that I'd be able to savour just one. Nope. I had four. Then another four. Then more and more until I lost count. I felt slightly sick. Very cross with myself. Somewhat embarrassed to think that someone might notice so many had gone (I'm sure I'm not the only one). Also dreading seeing that tub again when I go in to work. I'm making sure I'm well-fed before I go - then sticking on my 'NO' badge. NO! NO! NO!

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I'm glad you landed softly from the loss of your mobile phone.

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Later: here I am, with a wristwatch, and an old mobile phone that a friend has let me have.

Sigh of relief!
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Friday and the electrician has been to take a look at the water heater - it's the element, so have to get a specialist plumber to drain the tank and replace the element.

My little mobile phone fell on the bedroom floor last night - and died! I had to use my tablet to set an alarm. I feel very vulnerable without a time-piece, and think I'll have to go out and buy a basic wrist watch today.

I got up and did my exercises, Darebee etc, but haven't run or walked today yet. I'll try for a run on Saturday - see how my back feels - I think it'll be OK.

I'm developing corns on my second toe where my big toes now bend inwards enough to cause rubbing.......... getting old! I am going to need help with this - and it will cost some money.

Toes, teeth, glasses........... oh dear!

I've got things to do - but have kind of 'frozen' and can't do anything. I think going out to buy the watch will get me going again. The mobile phone dying has affected me quite a lot!

I'll potter about doing this and that until it's time for work. Some food creation will be a diversion for a while. Lunch is a chickpea stew, and supper at work will be a cold 'jar' with quinoa, beans, bits of veg as available, and a tahini-orange dressing.




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That was a thoughtful card from your s-i-l. I can tell it made you feel good. Wonderful.

I hope you feel better, more energetic soon. Your overall good health and habits will see you through.

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Thursday, and I was awake quite early, but just wouldn't make myself get up today - I got up just before 8am (sunrise is currently 7.48am) and went through my chanting and yoga and Darebee routines.

I woke up with a bit of a stuffy head, and feeling low, so I think it's a virus (that always hits my mood before anything else). I'm OK once I'm up, so a slow, low-grade thing going on in my sinus probably. Actually, come to think of it, I have coughed a bit, and had to wipe my nose - perhaps I have more of a virus than I think I have! Anyway, it kind of gives me an explanation for my loss of mojo re running etc.

I've been out for groceries. I found some frozen soya beans which I've been on the look-out for.

Later: CB came over and we had a really productive study session on our Cornish language stuff - then went out to lunch (her treat) where I had lentil soup, bread, salad, coffee.

Packed for 'supper' at work is a tofu-lentil burger (shop bought), mange-tout peas, red grapes.

I had a sweet card from my sister-in-law. She said they had tried the sea spaghetti I gave them, and liked it. And she said I was "the perfect guest, self-sufficient, and helpful! Thanks." That was nice to hear, especially as I was feeling so apprehensive about being a guest.

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I am ok on Darebee, the tribe supports me, but, if course, always nice to have a cheerleader!

Here are the photos I took - I hope they give you the idea.




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Nice! It's fun to discover new places and new people. I'm sure meeting up with all that enthusiasm was a treat!

I really like the way you have successfully moved your main meal to the middle of the day. I would like to do that. Part of me doesn't really like having my main meal at work so I'm settling for making the evening meal smaller, equal to lunch.

I feel like I'm remiss as an accountability buddy having disappeared on Darebee, I was thinking about this yesterday. I will make my reappearance as your cheerleader even if I don't get back into posting my activities right away. It will be good for me too.

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I had a nice encounter on my way home after my voluntary work today. As I walked through the park I noticed a part I had not seen before - it looked like a new plant-bed. There are stones set out like a mini stone-circle, and small shrubs etc. As I walked past, there was a man sitting on a bench nearby eating his packed lunch. I stopped and walked back, and said to him - "is that a new planting there?" and he said it had been there about 2 years. I usually simply take a slightly different path, and had missed it until now (I'll take a photo later and post it here).

Turns out, that he was actually the gardener who had created it! Apparently it had been overgrown with lots of tall greenery, and he got permission to remove it all and redesign it. He wasn't in gardener's clothes, so I don't know if he's an ex-gardener (they made a lot of the parks and gardens workers redundant a few years' ago - sadly!) or just a very enthusiastic volunteer. But he told me all about it. We exchanged names, and I thanked him for what he'd told me, and let him know how much I liked it.

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Thanks.

Last night was quiet! Yay! I woke just around 6am, and decided that today I would take coffee back to bed and read for a while. Which I did, and got up at 7am.

I've done my sun salutations and Darebee stuff, but, once again, not been for a run (or a walk actually - although I will get out for a walk today).

The sky is almost blue, and it's not raining - so I took the opportunity to get some laundry out on the line.

Now I'm off to do my voluntary work at the library. I start work at 4.30pm today, so I have a nice amount of time to myself before I go. I am looking forward to have some kind of 'nacho' dish for lunch today - I have corn chips, beans, tomatoes, pineapple, Oatly creme fraich, vegan cream cheese, spring onions, carrots, broccoli - I think I can make some kind of delicious mish-mash!

My evening meal is becoming very much 'supper' - last night I just had a pear with yoghurt. Tonight I'm having cottage cheese and pineapple.

Tomorrow might be different because I'm having lunch with CB which will probably be soup and bread, so evening meal will be a bit more substantial - I have a tofu burger, and some mange-tout peas.

I've missed you on Darebee. I've dropped the baton on running this week with the weather and my back giving me some grief - almost all better now.

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I wasn't really worried about you. It can be tough to have those days even when they only hit occasionally. It's nice to see you have the opportunity to be active with the Buddhist groups. I'm glad Darebee is working for you. I expect to make a comeback one of these days.

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Feeling lonely was only a fleeting thing last Saturday - I'm back into the swing of sociability again!

Today I've been at work 7.30-13.30, then at a women's meeting (buddhist) 15.00-16.30, and this evening I'm going off to chant with the woman up the road.

I used the Spark nutritional tracker as a basis for my meal planner this week - it was quite helpful to think about ingredients to base my meals on. I'm not sure if the tracker meal suggestions are seasonal though........... I think they're the same all year round.

Yes, it's good to have a change. The Darebee is working for me again, in a different way after a suggestion from Redline. And I'm enjoying YWA again too. I even rolled out my mat at bedtime last night and did the bedtime routine, even though I wanted to get to bed early.

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Your son's new job is excellent news! It is very gratifying to see our children gain success and stability. Pensions are wonderful things and rare these days. I hope he thrives!.

I'm sorry you have felt lonely and stiff and wanting to cocoon in bed (although that one sounds nice). I hope your spirits pick up even though the weather twill only get darker and colder. I'm glad to see you changing up your routine. Keeping it fresh is a great way to keep going towards the positive. I would like to get back to meal planning. I think that's a useful activity well worth the effort.

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My son got the job! I couldn't be more happy!
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This afternoon I got all my shopping done - I actually had to go out twice to get it all - those cartons of soya milk, and veggies are heavy! But I'm all stocked up nicely now with vegan cheeses and stuff, so I can stay off the dairy!

I called in to see a friend who is trying to move house - the purchaser of her house is on the verge of pulling out - all very frustrating. Whilst I was there, another friend called round too and we were trying between us to look on the positive side!

I bought another couple of presents (my sister and sister-in-law both have birthdays at the beginning of November). And treated myself (!) to a nice magazine about having a mindful Xmas! Be prepared!
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Monday, and I just did not want to get out of bed this morning. I longed to just make coffee and crawl back into bed. I must diary one of those days in for myself!

I've done my morning routines - chanting, alternate nostril breathing, sun salutations etc, Darebee - I chose to add in Back & Core this morning. I'll do some more later.

Off to work now.
Ooh, must share some positive news - my son emailed me to say he's been for an interview at the local university for a job leading the IT support team. Fingers' crossed for him - it was a 3-hr interview and he had good feedback, but has to wait to know the outcome. More money (lots more money!) and a good pension scheme - and a working environment that would make him SO happy!



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Sunday

I woke up at 6.30 in time to get a lift to a Buddhist meeting, but fell back to sleep and woke at 8am so decided not to rush around, but sent my apologies!.

I did my Sun Salutations and yoga, then the Darebee for the day.
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Then, because I was late getting started, I had breakfast before going out for a longish walk (an hour). This is how the prom looks after the storms!


I have been doing some kind of back stretch every 15 mins today because I have a stiff, right spot in my lower back. Guess it might be wise to go back to Back & Core.

I have joined a new Spark Challenge which had me doing some proper meal planning. I also changed from the Fly Lady team to Smile, Sparkle & Shine!

I have really enjoyed my two weeks off work. Back to a gentle start tomorrow with 3 hrs training in the morning, so I can come home for lunch, and get my grocery shopping done in the afternoon.


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Saturday

and another grey, windy, wet, day! I've done my Darebee and my Sun Salutations, been out for 30 mins walk in the WIND!

I'm not going out again today. I feel a bit lonesome today - not sure why. Maybe because I've not gone to parkrun.

I'm going to light a candle, put on some music - and crack on with those jobs!

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I have some muscle soreness/stiffness after a couple of Darebee days, and doing Pigeon Pose with Adriene's Foundations of Yoga. So easy to lose muscle strength and fitness at my age!



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Give the group yoga a try. A yoga class is very different from joining a gym. You don't currently do anything that requires a gym. There is that question whether you need to start, as well as the social aspect. (Is a gym is even social? It seems to be a bunch of people sweeting in close proximity to one another to me :D ). A yoga tribe would be a good tribe to join.

I manage to keep my house clean but not much else these days. I get home and I feel tired.

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Yes, I know - it doesn't seem long since the last batch of storms earlier in the year!

It stopped raining, and I went out and got my shopping. I got some new comfy shoes for indoor work - the Skechers Go Walk are very comfy, but not waterproof. That's OK, I have sturdy boots to wear to-and-from work.

I also bought some t-shirts and a cardigan in a cheap clothing shop (Peacocks) and a pack of socks - stuff that I just need in quantity rather than quality!

I bought a packet of berry oat-cakes for tea-time with CB. She ate about three - and I finished off the rest! Doh! That meant I was not hungry for the nutritious soup I've made - still, it'll keep for tomorrow!

I weighed myself this morning; I waited three days after I got back from my holiday. I was 144.6lbs which is about what I would have thought. I don't think not weighing was helpful really, but it was a good experiment.

To be honest, I still haven't done any of my jobs - filing my nails, ironing, finishing my curtains.......... what am I like?! I feel sleepy. Perhaps it's the weather and the darkness.

I'm going to do Pigeon Pose with YWA Foundations of Practice as my evening exercise.

I have been resistant to joining anything - remember me talking about joining the gym, and the running club? But the yoga poster appeared in my environment just at the right time, and I feel I could really benefit from some instruction. The Iyengar yoga is different to YWA too - more static, but goes deep into each pose - I think this attention to detail would be good for me. Maybe part of me wants to join a tribe that will support my needs too - without being too pushy or demanding!


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Wow, you are up to "C" already (Storm Callum). We haven't had a storm worthy of naming yet. Glad you are getting out for walks despite the storm. Sometimes it is harder to get out for the shopping then for the recreation. Have a cozy, indoors rest of your day!

Can't wait to hear how you like the yoga class. I enjoyed the outdoors yoga class when I participated in that. It was a new yoga experience. I haven't continued indoors because that would require joining the "Y". That's more commitment then I'm ready for right now.

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We got blasted by Storm Callum overnight - it was aware of the noise of it through the night. Rain and wind today. I did get up and out for a walk this morning - the parks were both closed, and I didn't go anywhere near the seafront - just walked round the roads in town.

I have arranged to go to a yoga class in Newlyn on Monday 22nd. There is a yoga centre there which might be a nice place to get to know.

www.westcornwallinnerspace.co.uk/

Right now, I'm trying to steel myself to go back out in the rain and get some more things I need. I want to get comfortable shoes for work (Skechers Go Walk) - they are cheaper on-line than they are in the shop, but I want the shop to stay open, so I'll buy at the shop. I need garlic too................. making a chilli for lunch today, with lots of veggies in and a bit of rye bread on the side.

I still have my list of jobs to do! My table is covered with stuff that needs attention. CB is coming round after her Tai Chi lesson this afternoon - we're going to do some Cornish study together.

Right - think I'll face the storm now, then get it over with for the day! Shoes, garlic, small bottle of local milk (for CB's coffee). That'll do!

I feel like today's the day to get through my list.

I've done a bit of Darbee too.

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It has been quiet this evening. Here's hoping for a good night's sleep!

My friend, CB, was in town this afternoon and texted me to see if I wanted to meet for a coffee, so I did. We then went and browsed around a couple of bookshops and I bought three Xmas gifts - great to have some of those in the bag already!

The chick-pea flatbread was a socca really. It went down well with my hummus.

I didn't get anything very obviously useful done today - but I met with a friend, bought some Xmas gifts, made myself nutritious, delicious food, watched a DVD, checked out some local yoga classes. Now that I'm not paying for bus fares to get to work, I could afford to go to a yoga class; I think it would do me good to get some instruction to support my home practice. The one I am looking at is Iyengar for over-50s. I know they are more precise, static poses than YWA. I think it would push me a bit harder - in the right direction of increased strength and flexibility.
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The new baseline from your neighbor sounds exhausting. I'm so sorry this is happening to you.

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The music stopped about 9pm, and I got a few hours' sleep before being woken by my neighbour moving about between 1 and 3am - sounds like moving furniture around - no idea what it is really. I went back to sleep - eventually woke at 8am!

It was dark as night all morning, and torrential rain - it has eased off now, so I might venture out after lunch.

The music is on again - when he accidentally turns it up it shakes the building! The positive things about it are that (a) perhaps it is helping him feel less like drinking or being lonely (b) I can't hear people talking upstairs (c) everyone will hear it, not just me, which will be helpful I hope! It is making me feel weary though......

I am feeling a bit sluggish really...... probably lack of sleep. My hot-water system has stopped producing hot water too; I've reported it and am waiting for a call back.

Sigh.

In other news, I'm trying a new recipe for a chick-pea flatbread for lunch. You just soak gram flour in water for three hours, then bake it on an oiled pan for 30 mins. If it works I'll be thrilled! I used a quarter-cup measure for each 1-cup in the recipe, so effectively quartered the recipe. I'm making hummus, carrot sticks; apple with yoghurt and flax/chia seeds to get my daily seeds in!

I have ironing to do, desk to clear out, a pile of books on my table that need either reading or putting away. That kind of stuff.

I'm so glad I got out and enjoyed the sunshine yesterday.

I might just get the bus to Lands End after lunch - and walk to Sennen if it stops raining........... it's currently stopped............ fingers' crossed.

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As you have seen, I did get out - and was out all afternoon! I got back at 5.30pm and it was just starting to rain, so I managed to get my washing off the line just in time!

This was the gate to the orchard where the tea-room was - I sat out in the sun and had tea and shortbread. I went back later and had more tea, a cheese scone AND a chocolate slice made with rice crispies and raisins and chocolate!!! Naughty but nice.


My upstairs neighbour has acquired a music system with heart-stopping heavy bass. I was almost in tears.
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I have put classical piano music on to cover it, but my shoulders and jaw are already tense......... What a nightmare he is.............

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To me "... drink ginger tea, listen to the play on the radio, snuggle up on the sofa." sounds like a great idea. Go for a walk in sun and sea when the day is at it's warmest. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

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I had a quiet night, thank goodness! But woke in the early hours with a headache - had some water and went back to sleep. I have a slight cold - it could go either way now......... I'm laying low today and looking after myself. I had arranged to go to St Ives and see CB, but I cancelled; we had a nice chat on the phone: She has a scratchy throat and itchy ears, so not 100% either. We've tentatively re-arranged for Friday.

I've got washing on the line - it could be the last dry, sunny, day for a while I think. I was hoping to maybe go to Trengwainton Gardens tomorrow............I've not been in there yet, and it's supposed to be really nice. I'll cross my fingers and hope it'll be OK tomorrow.

I'm dithering about today really - there are some things I need/want to get done - like finish the curtains! I have a pile of books to read. I have the usual stuff - house cleaning etc.

I might drink ginger tea, listen to the play on the radio, snuggle up on the sofa. It seems wrong to stay home when the sun is shining.

I think I'll just go for a walk along the seafront for 30mins. I didn't go out first thing because I felt grotty.

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Yes, very happy for my brother - he was kind of head-hunted; old company he used to work for asked if he was still doing 3D work - and offered him a job. He said he was only interested if they had full-time work - and they said "yes."!

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Sounds like a successful trip. It's nice to hear your brother got a new job as a graphic designer. That's hard to do. And, the time with your s-i-l gave you better insight. I hope the insight can bring you closer together. It was a very brave outing you went on.

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I came home to my noisy neighbour.............pretty depressed about that. I was disturbed all night more or less - I slept a bit, but was woken by people arriving at 1am and 2am. Sent off my report this morning............ feeling wrecked. I fell asleep on the living room floor after lunch today! Feeling really tired now (5pm).

I did very well with food whilst I was away. My s-i-l had made a walnut marmalade tea bread (wholefoody but with egg) and we had a small slice with tea each afternoon - it was OK, not too sweet. I'd decided to be reasonable and grateful, and not make a fuss about my food habits.

My train journeys went smoothly which was a blessing. I had a chatty lady for part of the journey on the way up who wore me out rather, and a sociable lady for part of the journey back - she was OK - we had things in common we could share.

Thursday I set off at 7.45am and arrived at 3.30pm - my s-i-l met me at the station. She'd prepared a sweet guest room for me in her grandson's room - very nice, with towels and bathrobe etc. Very thoughtful of her. I slept very well - it's very quiet there, and there was a black-out blind over the window.

Thursday is their TV dinner night! They have things like egg and chips! She found a frozen nutburger for me - so I had nutburger and chips. And a small glass of beer! I didn't have anything else - no gin & lime sorbet (vegan) or sugar-free cookie, or cake.

Friday - I managed to go through my morning routines pretty well - did my exercises before getting dressed. My brother went off to work - he's working as a graphic designer again - great for him! And he cycles 40 miles a day to/from work! Good, eh?! So my s-i-l and I had the day together - which went well.

I had pink grapefruit, and porridge for breakfast. So I started the day right.

It was an amazing, sunny day - almost like August! We drove through beautiful Ashdown Forest and went to a National Trust place called Sheffield Park and enjoyed a lovely walk around the grounds. It was quite busy because of the lovely weather. I picked up a pine cone to bring home to remind me of my visit. My s-i-l picked up some cones to make decorations with. We had lunch there - sat outdoors in the sunshine! leek & potato soup and bread. My s-i-l doesn't eat much at lunch-time, so I compromised with soup, but made sure to have butter with my bread! After that we stopped at a place they like called Trading Boundaries - they sell mostly imported Indian furniture and stuff. I bought a little pair of silver earrings as a momento from my trip. Being out and about with my s-i-l gave me more insight into the kind of things she likes.

She cooked a lentil dhal for dinner - with courgettes and peas in it - it was nice, with some Mexican rice, and some roasted squash. Dessert was fruit salad and vegan ice-cream.

In the evenings they sit and watch TV (which surprised me actually!), and on Friday evening I went off to have a shower and go to bed to read, to give them some time alone.
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Saturday, and my brother and I set off to Tunbridge Wells for parkrun in Dunorlan Park. We lived in Tunbridge Wells from the time I was about 13yrs old - so we had a nice time reminiscing. We had breakfast after the run, in the cafe. It wasn't brilliant - mushrooms and tomatoes on white sliced bread toast - but it was good to have the time to talk together, and we had a second coffee because, as my brother said, we don't often get time to talk. They have a problem with their daughter (almost 30yrs old) - she isn't talking to them at the moment. They virtually raised her son (now 10yrs old) - and he's now living with his father's parents. It's very painful and my brother's eyes welled up with tears when he talked about it - he was very close to his grandson - more like a father really.

On the way back, we drove past our old home, and the school I used to go to. It's now completely rebuilt as Kent Academy - unrecognizable from 45-50yrs ago, of course!

For lunch we had a kind of buffet - salad, bread, cheese (vegan and dairy), hummus. There was a home-made rhubarb crumble with soya cream for dessert - the crumble was nice - not too much, and not too sweet. There was good coffee too! They have a little machine with capsules, which does make a very flavoursome cup of coffee. My brother says he's learned to make 'dirty coffee' at work, and has it black - a tip he learnt from a Hungarian. I should try it.

The rain came in on Saturday afternoon, as we had been told it would, so we stayed home and I did a jigsaw puzzle, read, watched TV, chatted. We decided to have an Indian take-away for dinner - which was nice! I chose vegetable options - so no paneer or anything in it, but it seemed quite creamy. Nice though - and shared a lovely tandori naan bread. I only had a tablespoon of rice (they didn't notice) and I picked the big chunks of potato out of my korma to reduce the carbs a bit!) I did have a small portion of the sorbet for dessert.

I managed NOT to have seconds, or biscuits, or cake. It was better than it might have been!

Saturday evening was TV - and my brother had some chocolate - and I did have a few pieces - but not a lot. I figured it WAS Saturday - my treat day!
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Sunday was their day of rest - so I stayed in bed as long as I could, and dozed a bit. I got up at 8am when I heard my brother get up to make coffee/tea.

We had a nice breakfast together - they had poached egg on toast, I had porridge with some peanut butter in it and a banana on top, and some soya cream - it was pretty special. I also had a little rye cripsbread with Marmite.

Then we went out for a really fabulous walk along a 4 mile trail from Hartfield to Forest Row. This was along a disused railway - it's now a tree-lined multi-use trail. It was colder, but bright, and the autumn leaves were beautiful - we were crunching on acorns and chestnuts! It was far enough to be challenging - and by the time we got back (8 miles) we were all glad to see the end of it!

In Forest Row we had lunch in a nice cafe that s-i-l knew. She only wanted coffee and cake, but I really did want something not sugary to eat. In the end my brother and I both ordered a Vegetarian Club sandwich which was heavenly! My s-i-l ended up eating part of my brother's sandwich too.

When we got back, it was almost 4pm, so we had tea with cake, chocolate Crimble cakes, and toasted Hot Cross Buns (!). After that, I'd eaten enough for the day really, but my s-i-l made baked potatoes with the left-over dhal on top, and some green beans. I ate the dhal and beans and a bit of the potato, and said 'no thank you' to the offer of rhubarb crumble.

We snuggled up on the sofas and watched TV until bed-time.

On Monday, I had peanut butter on toast for breakfast. I packed up a fruit, yoghurt and granola jar to take on the train for dinner. For lunch, my s-i-l had bought me some sushi and a raw bar. But when I opened the sushi later I saw that it was 'use by 7th Oct' so I chose not to risk it! I bought a bean & salad wrap instead.

Well, that was all about the food! My brother was worried that they hadn't arranged enough things to do! I assured him that it was just perfect for me! The weather was perfect. I had a day with my s-i-l, a morning with my brother, and a day with them both - it was perfect.

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