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4/25/18 11:44 A

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Well done getting out for that run! That is doing a good turn for yourself. I'm sure it was hard to first get out the door. Hope you got those walnut burgers made. I'm sure you did. Glad you are happy with the communications with Darin.

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4/24/18 3:46 P

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The day went well - I was busy, but productive and that was rewarding. It rained most of the day - a light, drizzly kind of rain mostly. By the time I got home, it was also quite windy. But I got changed into my wet-weather togs and went out for a short run. It was 26 mins in the end and I felt SO good for having been out!

I came home and jumped in the shower, then did my Darebee stretches.

I have eaten the chunky lentil-and-veg soup I made last night, with some toasted rye bread with garlic rubbed into it - very comforting.

It's almost 9pm already. I want to make some bean & walnut burgers for tomorrow's tea. That's probably about all I'll get done before bed tonight.

I've read a few chapters of Silver on the Tree on my bus commute - it's language is rich, like The Dark is Rising, and I'm enjoying it.

Darin and I exchanged nice texts today. That spurred me on quite a bit today.

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4/24/18 10:28 A

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Have a strong day today Gill. You need it to make it through your shifts and your cold. Take care.

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4/24/18 1:15 A

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I definitely have a cold. And I have three long day shifts this week too........ and we're short-staffed. I've got my cold rememdies and my cough mixture - see how I go.

Today is a run day for Darebee - I'm offering myself the chance to do a short run this evening after work.

No morning pages, or mindful coffee, or even sun salutations this morning - just up and out.

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4/23/18 11:43 P

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You got out in the sun today. You did quite a bit, including yard work.

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4/23/18 2:20 P

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I've done most of my list today, and have stayed in my jogging pants and hoodie all day! I made soup for tea, then didn't fancy it. I had berries and coconut cream, and 4 Ryvita with Marmite. Reckon I'm going to take a mug of tea up to bed and get an early night - I'm not quite right.

I put together the schedule of events for our Buddhist group for May and sent it off for checking. I got a lot of hand-washing done (jumpers and sports gear). I made a batch of breakfast bars (I added a Tablespoon of Maca, and a Tablespoon of Hemp Protein Powder, and a teaspoon of Vanilla essence). I sat out in the sun a-while with my coffee. I spent 10 mins trimming off dead branches from the Lavender in the garden. I did my Darebee workouts. I planned my meals for the next two days at least. I checked my budget. I seemed to do a lot of washing up today too! All this food prep creates a lot of washing up!

I will take Silver on the Tree to read.............

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 4/23/2018 (14:22)
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4/23/18 12:46 P

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Nice. Sunshine does make the world a brighter place. Sleeping "OK" at work is almost like sleeping 'well' because you are at work. Enjoy your day at home.

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4/23/18 9:37 A

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Yes, my list was worked pretty much - a couple of things for today, which weren't essential to do yesterday.

I slept OK at work last night - which was nice. I had taken overnight oats with me, but didn't actually get to eat them until 10.15 when I was waiting for the bus! I sat on a bench in the sunshine (not so warm today, but still nice and bright). I got home about 11am. I had a nice shower and changed into my workout/chillout clothes! You are right, it IS nice to have a good chunk of Monday at home. I had thought I might get to a Buddhist discussion this afternoon, in Penzance, but I don't want to go back out (especially not back to Penzance) today.

I did 10 mins hula-hooping then made a new list for today! I've updated Spark and had a very nice lunch of roasted potato, nutroast, cabbage, an orange. Just brewing myself a coffee which I shall take out to the front doorstep.

Darin is on my mind a lot. Just sayin'.............. and I'm finding the 100 DWL counselling tips, as well as the Positive Psychology book to work through my feelings around this. All good stuff and probably the fuel for my May theme!

Over to Darebee later. I'm on my second week of Amazon Training Plan - and I like it. If poss, I might see if I can keep it going when we start Total Abs in May.

I had a bit of time this morning, between leaving work and the bus, so I browsed the Sketchers shoes in town - the assistant gave me some helpful info about the different soles and stuff. I'm hoping I can get some summer shoes for work, and some runners when I get paid.

Right - coffee time. I'm making a lentil soup for tea tonight. I ate more than I needed over the weekend (all 'good' stuff, but more than I needed).

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4/23/18 1:35 A

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Hope you made headway on your list and got in a mindful coffee. It will be nice you have most of Monday to be at home and get some rest. I hope you get over your boomerang cold and feel better soon.

That vegan chocolate and coconut slice sounds good enough to end a juice fast for.

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4/22/18 4:30 A

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I slept about 7hrs. When I got home last night I got washing off the line, made hot chocolate, are Ryvita with PNB & jam, went on-line, so not in bed until midnight. I have a cough/cold again. This has made me think about doing a 3-day juice in May when I am off work. Three days because of the cost, and also because I want free cake & coffee after parkrun volunteering on 12th! I've heard they do an excellent vegan chocolate and coconut slice!

I will be off to work on the 15.35 bus, home on Monday morning.

I have quite a lot on my list for today.
Spark People 100DWL
Darebee
Food for work
Clothes for work overnighter
Sewing project
Ironing
Shower & hair
Breakfast bar production!
Recycling

Time will fly! I'll be sure to take time for a mindful coffee



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4/21/18 8:56 P

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emoticon It sounded like a pretty good day for a workday.

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 4/21/2018 (21:11)
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4/21/18 6:19 P

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So I was in the bus to work at 2.30 and home at 11pm.

Darin texted.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 4/21/2018 (18:20)
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4/21/18 2:29 A

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I didn't do yoga. I did go to bed early. I didn't get much reading done as I fell asleep over the book about 3 pages in!

I woke up early, but kept my eyes shut until the alarm went off. My mood has gone down a notch. I have a cough again. Hmm.

I'm up and ready for parkrun. I've packed a flask of mocha coffee for post-run sipping, and some peanuts and an orange. I'm looking after myself.

It's a beautiful day out there.

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4/20/18 6:55 P

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Have a great run at parkrun tomorrow! .... I mean today!

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 4/20/2018 (18:56)
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I had a lovely morning with CB. A lovely morning generally.

I'm not very frustrated over Darin - I don't think so anyway, it's not really bothering me. I've kind of stepped back and left it to him to do the 'chasing'. But it might be something I've put a lid on....... perhaps.

The fog never really left today, but I caught some patches of sunshine. I picked up two BIG carrier bags of rubbish - and made my day RED by eating something that I found! Someone had dropped a sealed, unopened, Chunky KitKat - so when I got to The Steeple - I sat in the sun, enjoyed watching the mist rolling around, and ate it! It was nice and it felt like a kind of reward for what I was doing! Day 28 - I ate it just because it was there!

I've enjoyed working on my outfit - see my blog for the photos.

Reckon it's curry time now! Wish I had a beer or something - but I haven't - so it's curry, poppadoms, then a coffee. (The curry paste has a little sugar, but no artificial flavourings.)

I'm really looking forward to Parkrun tomorrow - I was asked to swop my work shift from the early one to the late one, which suited me just fine! Yay! My foot has been a little bit gripey today - probably that 1hr run I did the other day.

I feel like doing some yoga this evening. The latest YWA ones look good - think I'll check those out.



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4/20/18 9:54 A

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Gill, you look great in those photos you posted yesterday. You looked thin and fit and very put-together in your new size 8 jeans and new-to-you top. You are a very beautiful woman.

I'm sure you will survive those anchovies physically. It's okay to tolerate them mentally as well. There's no telling what is in Asian sauces/condiments. Usually it's added sugar and MSG. There can be fish or meat. I'm not sure there is any Korean food that is truly vegetarian unless made special. There was a retirement luncheon here yesterday. I didn't trust the baked beans not to have pork so I didn't eat at all (I went to the opening speeches leaving when it was time to eat).

I hope you enjoyed your off. Your time spent with CB and the litter-pickup walk up to the steeple.

emoticon -- for your frustrations.

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4/20/18 3:13 A

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Darin texted.

I got a good sleep. I was surprised to see it was only 6.30 - it felt a lot later!

Heavy fog this morning so I brought my coffee back to bed. Wrote my pages. I was feeling a bit dysmorphic after posting my photos yesterday, so I measured myself this morning. I'm small.

It is so wonderful to wake up to the 'no work today' feeling!

I am spending time with CB this morning. I am looking forward to my afternoon walk on my Darebee rest day.

I am having crunchy Ryvita for breakfast, which may be frustration over Darin. But butter and Marmite to keep it well savoury. Lunch will be cabbage stir-try with turmeric, onion, cashews, raisin. Dinner is a slow-cooker Thai flavour curry. I am astounded that I still have a portion on mini-poppadoms in the cupboard!!!!!




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4/19/18 9:58 A

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It sounds to me that you are getting a lot of what you want into your day, workouts, walks, outfit making, chores. You seem to be well balanced right now. I hope that's true for you. I love your 'heat wave'. Enjoy it while it lasts. emoticon

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Yes, breaking down tasks into small steps usually works! I'm really enjoying it now I've started!

We had our heatwave yesterday - it's supposed to be hot again today. But when I left work at 10pm it wasn't so hot. I'm doing the same shift today - so this means carrying extra layers with me to wear on the way home.

I saw Darin on my way to work - he was driving the 'little bus' that goes over the moor and had stopped in town. I was going to catch the direct bus, so I just waved again - he waved back. During the evening I kept going to my bag to check my phone........... nothing.

The neighbours were noisy last night. I managed it with counting. It started earlier - about 11.30 and sounded like they were in my house! But then they must have moved to another room, because it was quieter and I drifted off.

I woke just after 7am, made coffee and took my morning pages to the doorstep. There was, and still is, a sea mist - but the garden birds were in good voice and I enjoyed listening to them. It was fairly quiet except for a few vehicles moving about.

I did Day 7 of my Amazon training plan which was a very hard one (I knew it would be) even at Level 1. I'm taking a rest day tomorrow - going for a walk. I'm going to take a bag and pick up litter - probably my running route up to The Steeple.

This morning I made a recipe from How Not to Die Cookbook - it was a quite simple pear compote - but using spices in the sauce. I had it over oatmeal - it was very nice.

Washing is out on the line. My tea is packed to go. Lunch will be noodles with a peanut sauce. It's almost midday already and I need to be on the bus at 2.30pm. So, I have some time to carry on working on my cowgirl outfit.

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4/18/18 10:13 A

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How we set our expectations make a big difference in our actions. Sometimes the task is just too big. I'm glad you started working on your cowgirl outfit. Now you are started you can start to have fun with it.

I'm glad you are feeling okay. You are doing great with the running and the workouts. You do seem to be in a good space.

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I started the cowgirl outfit after I made my goal smaller - amazing, isn't it?!

I had a lovely day yesterday - all-in-all. Evening class was as useless as ever, but at least we had the thrill of huddling in the fisherman's shelter while the extra-high tide thrashed against the harbour wall, and drank our tea, and had a bit of a laugh about Cornish language learning!

I slept well last night, and woke about 6am, so I got up and made coffee and took it back to bed to write my morning pages. As you will see on the running thread, I went for a run a bit later in the day (went out about 10am) - and then posted my Darebee exercises for the day.

I've had some nice scrabled tofu for lunch, with chopped leeks and mushrooms. I've packed a vegan cheese & pickle roll to take to work, with some celery and orange peppers cut up, a few peanuts, and a pear.

The sun is shining today and the temperature should be higher, but there's a strong wind which is confusing everything. A day to get sun-burned!

I'm off to work on the 2.30pm bus and will be home about 11pm.

I've just got time to cut a few strips for my cowgirl skirt before I leave I think!


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I know - thanks for just listening. I'm fine.

I had a really nice sleep again last night - thank you, thank you, thank you! I got home and 11pm and went straight to bed - and woke around 1.20 to go to the loo (I think my brain has got used to being woken up at 1.30!) But all was quiet, and I didn't get out of bed until 8am!

Coffee and porridge now - then off to Hayle for a Buddhist meeting at GH's. It's raining today, but apparently Weds and Thurs are going to be heatwaves........... it's getting hard to deal with these extremes.

It's lovely to have a day off today - to wake up knowing it is a day off was just brilliant.

I've narrowed down my 'make cowgirl outfit' task, to 'start making cowgirl skirt'; that's probably still too big a task in terms of mini-habit kind of re-framing because I haven't defined what I mean by 'start'! OK, I will 'make the waist band for the cowgirl skirt.'

It's a Darebee workout day for me today - but I am leaving it for this afternoon because I have the time.............. yay!

My work shift for next Saturday has changed, so I will be able to get to Parkrun again - I'm going to give the Heartlands course another go and am considering my strategy!

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4/16/18 11:10 P

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There is very little I feel I can say about D that wouldn't sound like advice or telling you what you should think. I can't help but feel you deserve much more attention then you get.

I'm glad you are feeling strong and positive these days. It sounds to me like you will be well ready for the 3:10 to Yuma run. All that's left really is how good your time will end up being. The parkrun course still sounds too narrow for a multi-lap course. My opinion.

Have a great day off. I'm back to work tomorrow.

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I had a nice Sunday. I didn't make a start on my cowgirl outfit! I kinda pottered about at home - but it was nice. I did my meal planning. I ate nice things. I did my Darebee. And, I got a good night's sleep - about 9 hrs! Hooray!

I feel like a new woman!

Today I got up, made coffee, did my morning pages, went for a run, made pancakes, updated Spark, had a shower, packed my food for work and filled my thermal cup with coffee for the bus-ride to work. I'll be on the bus at 11.30 and home about 11pm tonight. Day off tomorrow.

I made a raw 'stir-fry' mixture to take to work: broccoli, carrot, parsnip, mushroom, garlic, marinated in soy sauce, oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, hot-sauce - and I'm having that with some cold nut-roast. Lovely!

My thoughts are turning to Darin rather more than I'd like, and I found myself hoping for another text.............. so am consciously avoiding looking at my phone.

Work will take my mind off it!

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Well, I didn't get a herbal tea after all, but I DID get a good sleep at work!!!! My run in the morning, and my tiredness, must have helped.

I've been in a positive mood recently too, which means I cope better with work and create a happier, calmer, atmosphere around myself. I hope I can maintain it.

I am home now, and have to keep reminding myself that it's Sunday - because if I'm not a day off, I usually do a sleep-in on a Sunday, and come home on Monday! I'm a bit disorientated.

I had an interesting journey home. Firstly I read the Sunday timetable wrong and arrived at the bus station in time to see my bus disappearing! I had 40 mins to wait, so I decided to walk along the coast path from Penzance (towards Marazion) and waited for the bus a bit farther out of town. It was lovely to walk by the sea - windy, but the smell and sound of the sea was really invigorating - it was a 'lucky accident' to have missed the bus. Then I ended up travelling home on a vintage 1958 bus, as they are running vintage buses all day today for free. That was fun! Because the bus doesn't have power steering it had to do an 11-point turn at St Ives to face the right way to head back to Penzance. The regular bus was coming in and had to wait - and who was driving, but Darin! I gave him a big cheery wave, and he waved back. A little while later I got a text "were u on old bus? x" I replied "yes. x" He replied "was good to c that lovely smile x" I replied "It was good to see your lovely smile too x".

Perhaps I shouldn't have sent the last text - but it's too late now. But it was good to see him - I still feel that I like him - apart from the apparent deficiencies in 'boyfriend' techniques, I do like his calm, quiet energy. Anyway, it was a good way to just 'see' each other - I hadn't seen him for about 3 weeks. (I'm half-expecting to get a text inviting himself over for coffee next........... what do I do?)

So - now, Sunday - I bought a little pack of just two fruit & oat cookies to have with my coffee. I'm having vegan cheese on toast for lunch, then a curry and poppadoms for dinner. I want to make a little crumble for a dessert - but don't really need it............ maybe I could forgo the poppadoms..............

I am going to do a Darebee workout next. I'm also going to make a start on my creative project to make a cowgirl running outfit!

I was able to discuss the Heartlands parkrun thing with a young guy at work who also runs. He made the point that it was a new course, and that we'd get used to it - I think he's probably partly right - I've already found myself working out strategies. I've just realised it's only FOUR weeks to the 3:10 5k run on 12th May! Yikes!

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Thanks, yes, see you on Monday! I did lay down for 30 mins - and partly drifted off. I have dark circles under my eyes. I'll accept a sleepy-time herb tea from the woman I keywork tonight (she's very empathetic and has lots of different herbal teas) and hope for a decent sleep.

I've got an add-water-and-bake nutroast (they're very good actually - vegan, wholesome) with broccoli, parsnip, carrot. Pear with yoghurt and blueberry jam for dessert. Then I'm off.

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You did good introducing yourself to David. It can be hard. Give yourself time to feel comfortable at it. It's important to make this contact with the Bys Vyken.

I'm sorry you're having the sleep interruptions again. My sleep is still mucked up and I can empathize totally. I'm sure the sleep and the cough are related. Maybe you will sleep better at work .... not likely, but you can always hope.

Take care. I'll see you Monday.

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I had the disturbed sleep again last night - same 1.30-5am. I did my counting backwards thing again, but murderous thoughts were simmering I have to say - my tiredness is building up! I'm going to try having a nap before work today - risky, but I'll give it a go - set the alarm with time to have a stimulating cup of tea before I have to leave for the 3.30pm bus. Home tomorrow about 11am.

I've got a slight cough back too - I think that is also due to getting tired.

Parkrun was good - although I felt very high beforehand, and slumped afterwards. The cafe's breakfast menu looks very attractive and I will stay for an after-run breakfast some time in the future. I get a discount with my Bys Vyken membership card. I did introduce myself to Dave (who runs Bys Vyken Events etc) - and gave him a hug. His mind was elsewhere - as he'd just finished running (I suspect he was disappointed not to be first, because he had the course record but didn't come in first today). But at least I introduced myself.

There were quite a few people there who I usually see at Penrose, which was nice. They are members of Mounts Bay Harriers and helped set the parkrun up at Heartlands.

So - right - I'll iron my jeans for work and get my food-to-go packed up. Then lay down and see if I can nap. I'll start with a body-scan - that usually sends me off!




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I hope you have a great time with CB at the Tate tonight. How fun you get to celebrate her birthday!

In the absence of unhealthy snacks, we have outré slips with too much of the good stuff. I'm struggling with the diet and the good stuff this week too. My weight is up a pound or more from last week. I'm not worried, but I'd like to get back on track. You will be fine having the pizza tonight instead of Saturday. Enjoy.

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I didn't get to bed as early as I'd hoped - about 10pm, but I did sleep until 4.30am (when I woke myself with the alarm as I have a lot to do before work!).

I went crazy for crunchy Ryvita, nut butter and fruit jam, after dinner last night - in fact, what was dinner? oh yes, a nice mushroom stroganoff! It was quite deliberate.

Of course, I've woken feeling hungry again this morning (is this still the Dorito effect? probably!). So I've re-jigged my menu to be more substantial and more emotionally supportive as I have a long day. I've packed a pumpkin seed and Marmite bread roll for breakfast with two mandarins. I've packed hummus, oatcakes, celery, cucumber, apple AND a breakfast bar for lunch!

I'm getting the 7am bus and will be home at 7am, then I more or less want to go straight out and meet CB at The Tate (Late at Tate this evening - music and stuff, free entry) as it's her birthday tomorrow. So I want to give her her present, and hopefully buy her a drink in the bar tonight. So - I've changed my homemade curry (which I haven't had time to prepare) and will pick up a Friday night pizza!!!

Not the best of plans - but it's what I 'need' today. Right - off into the shower.

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Okay ... It sounds like there is more to even numbered Thursdays then just being Thursday and falling on an even number. Yes, tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Which I guess is more then an odd number falling on a Friday. Hope you have a very lucky day.

Well done with your hard workout. Feeling good about yourself is what it's all about really. I've done nothing myself.

Hope you get a good night sleep.



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I forgot all about it being an even-numbered Thursday - actually Thursday, 12th April doesn't do it ............. but someone at work did remind me that it's Friday the Thirteenth tomorrow!

I just about managed to get my three pages written on the bus.

At lunch-time when I checked my phone there was a text from D "r u at wk? x" to which I replied "yes", to which he replied "shame. im not x". Then nothing.
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I've done a workout on Darebee which was really hard - and feel good about myself for having done it. I'm still cooking my mushroom stroganoff for tea - so it's unlikely I'm going to be in bed much before 9.30pm. Never mind, I feel OK.

My mantra did help today. I'll use it again tomorrow I think.

I didn't have a totally 'green' day today - I ate part of my lunch at about 11.30am, then the remainder at 1.30pm. It was a few walnuts and dates - a snack really, but I'd intended it to be a kind of 'dessert' part of my lunch on a long work-shift.



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May you dodge the Dorito-effect this time. Sorry your neighbors seem to be in an active phase right now. I understand the issue. My son worked in restaurants coming home in the early morning staying awake until nearly my wake-up time. I hope they settle down again because sit seems that they had for a while. Well done not letting it upset you or make you angry.

I'm adopting your mantra today.

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The scale was my friend this morning - same weight as yesterday morning - the Dorito-effect hasn't shown up yet.

The neighbours were not my friend - 1.30am home from their work (in a busy restaurant - bless 'em they need to unwind!) and then noisy on/off. I used counting down from 100 to get back to sleep a few times - it seemed to work. Once again, I did not experience anger or annoyance.......... but in the morning I was composing passive-aggressive notes in my head! Breath. I'll be OK - early night tonight. Very early night tonight if possible.

I had thought I'd be able to fit in a short run, shower, write my morning pages, update Spark etc before I leave this morning. But no, I've got dressed, Sparked with my coffee, and put my notebook in my rucksack; I'm going to write my morning pages on the bus!

I'll be on the bus at 7am, and home about 7pm today. I'd still like to get a short run in, but may end up skipping and hooping instead. I'd also like to have time to plan my Darebee - but again, time will be short. I'll have to make a quick decision and hang on until I have time to work things out in more detail. And I want to get to bed early - hmm, I can't see all this happening to be honest!

One thing at a time is my mantra for today!


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Hooray for lovely deep sleep! emoticon Not so much for Doritos. emoticon

That place we get where we "just 'finish them off" is awful. I'm still working through the aftereffects of those processed carbs from Vegfest.

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My neighbours were quiet last night and I had a lovely deep sleep! I took a mug of tea back to bed and did my morning pages - it was raining.

I had a quick breakfast (porridge, dates, walnuts) and got the bus over to Hayle to visit my friend GH - spent a couple of hours with her (including chanting together) which was nice.

Just had a deliberate 'over-eat' with Doritos! I had been intending to buy plain, salted, corn chips to have with my chilli for lunch, but they didn't have any, so I picked up a 150g bag of Original Doritos. I weighed myself out 30g and it didn't look enough, so I did 50g. Then I went back for more. Then I decided to just 'finish them off'. When I checked, as well as all the other stuff, they have 'flavour enhancer' - yup, and I behaved just like a lab rat!

Oh well, lesson learnt (again!) it was a lapse at the shop (point of purchase) - doh!

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Off to work on the 3.30pm bus, home about 10pm today - just a short shift.
There's time for a cup of tea - and to 're-set' my focus for the rest of the day. 'Dinner' is packed to go - vegan cheese & pickle roll, cucumber, celery, apple.

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Daily naps are not possible with working shifts. I am also not a good napper - I wake up feeling rubbish! And it means I am not tired enough to sleep at night! This may change as I get older I suppose.


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I take a nap daily. It does not interfere with my night sleep. The benefit of the daily nap is extra rest, and just in case I have a bad night I will have gotten some rest.

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It's pretty hard to get good restful sleep when you are woken that many time through the night. Sorry your neighbors chose the very next night to pull an all nighter. I have a feeling that it's my sleep rhythms that are upset. I'm not getting enough of the deep sleep.

Beans are surprisingly hard to overcook in the slow cooker. That's really helpful. You will enjoy the texture of some varieties of beans better when you cook them from dry. Although, I'm pretty happy with the canned black beans that are in my salad jar today.

Good plan to check the menu in advance. Also a good idea to pack a backup meal.

I will finish 30 DoC today. I did Part 2 this morning and will run after work. By the time I log it in on Darebee I'll only be a few hours ahead of you completing your run too.

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You talked about sleep deficit - I'm feeling this today. Sunday night was at work where I sleep lightly, but was woken 11pm. 1.30am, 3am, 5am. 6am. Last night the neighbours decided to have friends home and have an all-nighter! Woke me when they came in about 1.30am, and it went quiet at about 5am. I did manage to get a bit of sleep - but got woken up several times by a shout or a bang against the wall. They had music on, but it wasn't loud enough to disturb me. I managed to not feel angry about it - which is how I was able to fall back to sleep (plus I was very tired from Sunday night!) - but when I finally started my day, I did feel a bit resentful.

The sun is not shining today - it's overcast. I have that 40 mins walk/run thing to do for Day 20 of 30DoC. I made coffee and went back to bed to do my morning pages writing - which was very therapeutic.

When I went to the kitchen I saw that I'd put black beans in the slow cooker overnight - I'd forgotten: They're fine and I have two portions for the freezer now. A small step towards preparing my own beans and not buying cans!

I have rather a too-long list in my BUJO for today - as I must be on the bus at 3pm and it's already 9am. But I know what to prioritize.

I've checked the Wetherspoons menu and decided on the Quinoa Salad (it has half an avocado and some aduki beans in it - it will be enough). I'll have a coffee probably. I guess I should have a back-up plan in case they say that they can't do the salad - OK - there's a sweet potato and chickpea curry (more calorific, but it's vegan and would be fine).

I guess I should go and get my running kit on.
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Later: run is done. Just had the presence of mind to pack a 'plan b' meal in case the chap I am supporting changes his mind about going out! Oatcakes, vegan cheese, apple, Nak'd bar.


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emoticon I like CB. She's a good friend for you.

emoticon I hope you find some fellow Bys Vyken at Heartland on Saturday. You will in time.

Thanks for the Darebee update!

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CB and I did get quite a bit of Cornish study done - which was great! We also sat on her balcony, drank coffee, chatted, and enjoyed watching people on the beach!

I will be going to Heartlands for their 1st parkrun on Saturday this week - I expect I'll meet some Bys Vyken members there, which will be nice. As it's Saturday morning, there are plenty of buses. I'll soon get to know people and be part of the team.

Hot spicy veggie soup simmering. Day 29 is do-able. I'll do Day 20 tomorrow morning - to fill my 'gap'. Then day 30 will fit on Wednesday morning I think. Done!



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It's nice the sun was out for you today. I'm sorry you didn't sleep well at work last night. That would be pretty normal for me if I had to do it. There are obviously good and bad to the sleep-in shifts.

I can understand being reluctant to go off to the Bys Vyken training session relying on finding a ride back to the nearest bus. My confidence that you can might no be enough ;) You will get to there in time One of our event directors is taking a 2 week walking vacation in the UK. She contacted an event director near where they will be on parkrun Saturday. The event director is going to pick them up for parkrun.

Enjoy your afternoon with CB.

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Yes, taking into account the fact that I was working all weekend, I had a very pleasant weekend!

I had a nice couple of hours with SH - we sat in her 'garden room/studio' and had coffee and caught up on our family news mainly. I gave her a branch of forsythia to put in her yellow vase - it looked lovely.

I didn't get a good sleep at work last night - but the sun is shining today, which is really uplifting.

I came home on the 'little bus' and have made a chilli and couscous for lunch (which I am eating at the computer - naughty!). I'm going to see CB this afternoon - I'm taking my Cornish language books with me, but not sure we'll get much done.

I haven't been over to Darebee yet (will do that in a minute) so not sure if today is do-able or not. I'm not running again today.

Bys Vyken Race Team are starting their training evenings at Heartlands tonight, but (a) I don't want to run again - and especially not speed work and (b) there's not a bus back, so I'd be stuck. I would probably venture over there anyway if I wasn't already a bit tired from my recent work-shift.

I have to make soup for dinner tonight - it's on my plan. Tomorrow I have to eat out with a man I am supporting who wants to watch a big football match in the pub - so it'll be Wetherspoons. They do have vegan options - there'll be something suitable to eat.


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I'm glad you let yourself enjoy the party for 1 Saturday night. Your Sunday sounded pretty good too. Hope the sleepover shift went smoothly for you.

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You know what? I have a lovely Saturday night at home! I enjoyed my pasty and salad, and my beer. I enjoyed hula-hooping to the groove on the radio. I enjoyed just allowing myself to be a party mood and not bother about anything else.

I went to bed just before 10pm and read a little, then slept well until about 4am when I woke with a headache (probably the beer even though it was only 3.5%) - so I got up and made a coffee, took a couple of Paracetamol tablets, opened the bedroom window wide, climbed back into bed and did my morning pages - then went back to sleep until 7am.

Then I got up and put on my running kit and went out for a spectacular Sunday morning run out into the wild lands - fab-u-lous!

Came back, washed the mud off my legs, put my shoes into soak in rainwater, and made my pancakes, and a batch of my usual cookies. While things were cooking I did the Darebee stretches. I love that forward fold these days - great for the lower back.

Now I'm off to have a shower - then going down the Terrace to have coffee and share my cookies with SH.

Work later - 3.30pm bus - home tomorrow about 11am.

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Nice. Enjoy your new cookbook. Don't sweat the Darebee. I'll put off 30 DoC tomorrow and maybe even today. And enjoy that outbreak of Summer! that doen't always happen in Summer.

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Everything is going to plan. I got my shopping done after work. Chatted to a fellow commuter on the bus home (male, but neutral). Enjoyed my pasty and beer with a watercress, spinach & rocket salad.

My How Not to Die Cookbook was on the doormat - it's a beautiful book, hard-backed, lovely photos and Dr Greger's joyful style. I will work my way through it.

The sun came out today and it was a sudden Summer! Everyone carrying their coats. Cooler now the sun has gone down.

I've rebelled and not done Darebee. I came home and just laid down in the carpet for about 40 mins and relaxed. It felt better than 'doing '.

I'm feeling quite mellow and ready for my party! And pancakes on Sunday morning!
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The weekend brought you variety even if it still involved working. Two breakfasts are okay for a Saturday. I was thinking Friday's dinner sounded pretty light. Sorry you didn't have time for pancakes.

Ryvita is a good crunchy carb! The cracked pepper sounds good (my favorite potato crisp is a salt and cracked pepper that I can buy in little single serve bags). I should look for Ryvita flavors. I usually have a Wasa brand light rye crispbread around home and work, 2 large pieces are 18g and 60 kcals. They are good with nut butter, mashed up avocado, and hummus.

Enjoy your Cornish pasty and beer tonight.

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It's Saturday, and after a week of late shifts, today I'm on an early - so chanting, pages and exercises are all set aside!

Instead, I have coffee at the computer, and I had a pre-breakfast breakfast - I was hungry! Partly my brain knew it was Saturday - so an extra breakfast is OK (in my book), partly I probably was a bit hungry after an early, light, dinner yesterday.

I did't want to wake up when my alarm went off at 6am - in fact I was busy doing something really important in my dream! (I can't remember what now!).

So - that's me. I DID make a batch of breakfast bars last night - and added some hemp powder, poppy seeds, goji berries and a very small drizzle of Sweet Freedom (honey substitute). I cut them into squares instead of bars and they look much smaller! It's an illusion! So I've cut the square into three small bars to trick my brain again.

I'm currently really liking Ryvita Cracked Pepper crispbreads (ingredients: rye, blackpepper, salt.) I love the crunch! Today I have a pack of 4 (136 kcals) with my lunch, with some of that peanut butter with seeds, a tasteless carrot with a chilli dip, two little clementines.

I'm going to get some shopping after work in Penzance. This will include buying a Cornish pasty and a bottle of beer - for - Saturday night is music night - BBC Introducing in Cornwall (if I stay awake). A party for one!

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