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6/8/21 12:27 A

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I went into the Spark360 site.

The USA city thing looks to be optional, so I don't know if Spark360 is excluding anyone from joining.

Not much there yet to look at, but it will be growing.

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6/7/21 1:15 P

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I hope it will be deleted - I've got THOUSANDS of posts on here!!!!

My day went really well - everything fell into place nicely.

This is my last post here.

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6/7/21 11:38 A

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From what I understand everything will be deleted, and the new SparkAmerica is for corporations to get employees into fitness programs, so it doesn't apply to me.

I have been here since Oct. '07 and started at 214# and I'm at 134#. So I have found a doctor who put me on Metformin and my blood sugar went from 115 (diabetes starts at 126 and it is 84 now and I no longer have cravings.

I don't know if I'll use My Fitness Pal or not. I know I'm not going to bother with SA since that won't apply to me as I'm not in one of the 12 cities , etc.

I will miss LeanJean's blog and hearing about Himself. There is to be a Alumni Group on Facebook.



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6/7/21 3:59 A

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Monday

I've already come up with several ideas for systems that will help me stay on-track.

Funnily enough, I feel a little angry about it this morning. I didn't spin the wheel - I thought 's@d you, SP!"

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I am having my second Covid jab today. Then going to meet a friend for lunch. The buses are all being delayed quite a bit due to road restrictions in place for the G7 summit - it'll be interesting!

I do feel 'thrown' by the news of the impending loss of Spark, but I'm dealing with it.

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6/6/21 3:37 P

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We can stay in touch on the Google Group.
I suspect the the USA *only* thing will be temporary.


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6/6/21 3:33 P

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I think you'll be OK as you'll have the option to join the Spark America site (think it might be by subscription), but as I'm not in the USA, I can't. I've joined the facebook group (for what it's worth), and the Google Group that someone on the Maintenance Team has set up. It's going to leave a huge hole in my life, and a big gap in my systems for managing different strands of my life.

In better news, I've managed the whole weekend without deviating from the Bright Lines - and had three meals each day, and nothing else. And importantly, no cravings.

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6/6/21 12:55 P

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Looks like the info taken down.
If true, SPARK could be reinventing itself.

I would wait and see.

Try this:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
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Change and a new beginning. I look forward to it.
I will see you on the other side.

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6/6/21 12:28 P

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Have you heard? Spark People are winding up the operation on 17th August.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=2659

for some reason you have to cut-and-paste this into your browser to open it. They've embedded it somewhere kind of 'hidden' on the site.

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6/6/21 2:43 A

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Sunday - and I was awake at 5am, but not raring to go like yesterday. I'm on Day 4 of 'proper' Bright Line Eating, and I do feel a lot sharper mentally already. It's fascinating reading - about how the brain parts influence our eating.

Today I have a Buddhist activity on-line this morning. Then a day to do what I like. Aren't I the lucky one.

I did another lateral flow test this morning (I'm doing them once a week now, and not twice a week as the Gov't suggest) which was negative. I've done more tests than I can count (22 test results on the Covid app). In the back of my mind, I'm still anxious about Covid-19 - I know it's 'rare' - but the stories of people who have had lasting changes to their health are very worrying - damaged heart muscles, damaged brains, and this morning I read a story of a medical professional who has been left with anosmia which makes eating hard because everything tastes like rotten meat!

Enough of that! I can only do what I can do to protect myself (and others).

Then I got distressed by reading about the other major events which could seriously compromise life on Earth............... climate change, biohazards, cyber security, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, DNA tweaking, genetic manipulation etc. So, now it's on my radar, I must read about it, rather than just fretting.

Breakfast is something of epic proportions - it's actually just 6 oz fruit (banana and cherries), 1oz oats, and 2 oz peanut butter (that's 1 fruit, 1 grain, 1 protein which is the breakfast meal recommendation). They were all mixed together, then put in a freezer bag and made into a log and put in the freezer. It looks enormous!



This felt SO indulgent - easily replaced the thrill I get from pancakes at the weekend!

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6/5/21 3:09 P

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Thank you!

It's 20.00 here at the moment, and I have got through the day without any major tantrums food-wise. I stuck to my plan. Funnily enough, the time when my head was rattling off food-requests was when I went out for a walk this afternoon. It was quite amusing really! My brain reminded me about the nice cafe down the road which sells cake, then suggested that maybe I deserved something to eat when I got home, then I had the thought that I could stop at the shop and just pick up a few things. I kept walking and telling my brain "no, no, no". It worked (today at least!).

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6/5/21 12:47 P

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emoticon That was a very motivating post. Well said.

For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

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6/5/21 12:39 P

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Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

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6/5/21 2:41 A

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Saturday - and I woke before dawn and was full of beans, so I got up and put my running gear on, had a coffee, did my warm-up and went out to run! It was wonderful - so quiet and clear. I think it'll rain later, so glad to be out before that happens. I think I'll head out and get groceries early too.

I've got a nice bowl of oatmeal, cherries, sliced almonds and yoghurt in the fridge waiting for me .............. and lunch and dinner are planned. I'm good to go!

Saturday has been my 'treat day' for several years - when I allow something with pastry, or sweet, or just something 'heavier' to eat. I'm not doing that today - and I'm curious to see if/when the habit will start to throw a tantrum. In preparation I have a plan to walk, binge-watch catch-up dramas under the gravity blanket, drink tea, read, have a nice bath, and get to bed (early if necessary).

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PS - I'm at 114.25lbs this morning - kind of liking my 'tracker' here on Spark People


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6/4/21 3:23 P

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6/4/21 2:52 A

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I will!

Friday - and I woke up feeling ready for breakfast - so I had breakfast at 7am, which is early for me. I'm going swimming at 8.30am, so that was probably a good move.

I'm already stressing a bit about what vegetables to use in my mixtures - I only have a small fridge and it's currently stuffed with green leafy things!

Yesterday was the first day in a long time when I had NO FLOUR and NO SUGAR (not even dried fruit). I also didn't have anything CRISP which I usually crave.

I did feel a little hungry in the evening, and had half a cup of warm almond milk with cacao - that quelled it.

I have my meals planned for today. That's all I need to know. I did notice I started flicking through the cookery book looking for excitement. I mustn't do that.

Today I'm going for a swim. I had the day earmarked for a longish walk with a friend, but he's gone 'under the duvet' (he suffers with depression and anxiety - and I know that's where he must be - he's just not replying to my messages at the moment). So................. I shall pack up my lunch food, and head out somewhere and have a little picnic on my own.

This morning I have book study with my Buddhist buddy. Apart from that - I have no appointments to keep and can jog along at my own pace. Life is good.

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6/3/21 7:23 P

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6/3/21 5:39 A

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Thursday, and I set my alarm so that I could get out for a run before the world got busy. I ran/walked and completed 5.45k including some hilly sections. I'm not feeling super strong, but happy that I'm working my muscles, including my heart muscles, and improving my lung capacity. I'm also focusing on moving 'from my glutes' when I run.

Today, I'm off to do my volunteer banking job at the library, then pick up some veggies from the shop, then collect my bag of organic, locally-grown goodies (including a nice bunch of flowers) from the community garden project.

The Bright Line Eating system requires a lot of veggies, which will be good for me, but require some planning. I also want to learn how to manage prepping portions of veggies, salad, protein, grain etc, so that I can assemble them easily. Being just one person, I'm a little afraid of wasting food. One of the features of the system is having repeat meals - making them less sensational. This is something I've come across before in Dr Barbara Berkeley's book "Refuse to Regain" - she talks about limiting the range of meal choices.

I'm on the learning curve............ well, part-way up already as I've been doing No S for several years; I have the three meals, no snacks as a strong habit. And no sugar on weekdays as a habit. I think cutting out the flour is almost harder for me than cutting out the sugar, although I've been minimizing flour for some time now, I do rely on g-free substitutes for pasta, breads, wraps etc.

My blogs community journal might become a little intense as I delve into this BLE system!

The first thing I've noticed is that I'm thinking about dairy more - justifying the need to buy cottage cheese or ricotta to use as a satisfying fat and protein element of the meal. I bought two packs of extra-firm tofu and have a jar of tempeh. I also bought a sachet of ready-cooked puy lentils, and some 'vegan' feta cheese.

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6/2/21 1:55 P

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yes - see my Spark page for a link to the TEAM. It's about emotional eating, based on the books written by Linda Spangle. I've been there for about 7 years, going through the books over and over again. 100 Days of Weight Loss is a self-help book which has 100 lessons/days covering emotional eating topics.



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6/2/21 1:44 P

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"100 Days of Weight Loss"

Is that a Spark Team?

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6/2/21 5:09 A

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the other thing is that we're all different - what works for one person, doesn't work for another...........

What I'm reading about Bright Line Eating makes sense for me - and it describes how I feel when I eat certain things.

It's kind of scary, but also exciting, but this morning I actually took all the flours in the kitchen to the bin (wholemeal flour, spelt flour, gluten-free flour, coconut flour, cornflour) and all the sugars (xylitol, honey, molasses, dried fruits).

I feel strangely empowered!

On the 100 Days of Weight Loss team that I lead, we have just begun another 100 days working through the book. So I'm using this as my workbook to support me. It's going to be interesting.

When I first started the No S diet system several years ago, it only took me about two weeks to change from having three meals and three snacks a day, to having just three meals. Those snacks had felt absolutely essential - I'd be shaking with hunger three hours after a meal and always carried food with me! So, for years now, I've learned that hunger is not an emergency, and planned three meals a day.

In recent years, the third meal of the day has become lighter too.

Now, I'm taking it a step further, and I need to phase out the idea that weekends are less controlled food-wise. Saturday, in particular, has become a habitual 'treat' day when I allow myself to eat cake, or crisps/chips, or pies, pizzas or baguettes!

This is going to be my hardest habit-shift I think - but I could be wrong! I'm sure there will be surprises along the way.

Tuesday - and I woke at 4.30 to my neighbour's alarm clock, and heard the rain falling. He was hoping to get up to photograph the sunrise, but must have aborted the plan and gone back to sleep. My second wake-up was around 7am. I had my coffee and sat reading my new book about Bright Line Eating!

I got dressed, and then decided to start the day by jettisoning all the flours and sugars from the kitchen (it's collection day - so that was perfect!).

Today I have an on-line exercise class at midday, and a Cornish language evening class early evening. I might go out for a walk this evening. I've got 'things to do' here today - how did I ever find time to go to work?!?!?!?!

Snacks have no place in BLE - but here's a link to how to make keto fat-bombs..... I still think these might be helpful, if only as a Saturday snack!

chocolatecoveredkatie.com/fat-bombs-recipe
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6/1/21 5:48 P

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Gill,

Nice Spark Page.

You have reminded me of what it means to be hungry.
I many times forget that the feeling of hunger feels better than the feeling of being stuffed.

When I'm feeling hungry, I know I'm losing weight.
When I feel stuffed, I know I'm gaining weight.

It's a razor's edge feeling satisfied somewhere in between. The trick seems to be staying on the correct side of that feeling so as not to keep eating.

I know I'm in the right spot when I can be distracted by activities and ignore any hunger pangs. It's only when I have missed a couple of meals does the brain start screaming for food. The trick is to eat just enough food to stop the signals to the brain so that you can get on with life and not worry about eating. It all sounds so simple. Just eat enough food throughout the day to keep that hunger signal at the lowest level possible.

There's gotta be a way to do that.

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6/1/21 4:24 A

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Tuesday - and the new Spark page is up for June - I've gone sunny and pink!

I fell asleep on the sofa on Monday afternoon! I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Then did a lot of sewing. I felt hungry too - and had a couple of snacks. I can only think it was the potatoes I had with my lunch-time curry, and the fruit sorbet I chose to eat as dessert. But also, perhaps the lack of fat and protein in that meal. The keto bars certainly eradicated all feelings of hunger - there's something important to take from that. The science is fascinating. Feeling hungry isn't always the same either - when I'm 'steady' feeling hungry is quite pleasant as I know that there is a meal coming up. When I'm NOT 'steady' then hungry is distressing, gnawing, miserable feeling which craves attention.

Today the sun is shining. I've been out already to collect a book from the post office - it's The Official Bright Line Eating Cookbook - which I'm excited about!

I'm going to go out on my bicycle today - heading for Trewidden Gardens, avoiding the main road. I might have to leave my bicycle locked up and walk down to the Gardens on the footpath. Not sure - anyway, I'm going on an adventure!



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5/31/21 4:45 A

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The rest of Sunday went well - I had an hour or so sitting in the garden with my two immediate neighbours (one who lives in an almost adjacent flat but half a floor down and the one who lives directly above me). They are both 'interesting' characters. I've confirmed my suspicions that the guy upstairs has major mental health issues!

I got a lot of sewing done, and ate lots of vegetables! In the evening I binge-watched three episodes of a series called "The Pact" which was gripping - and had a good/surprising ending.

Monday - I slept well, and didn't wake as early as I'd intended, so skipped my morning coffee, and did my warm-ups and went out for a run at a whisker past 7am. It felt pretty warm already. Fortunately, in hot weather, my flat is sheltered and cool!

Today it's a Bank Holiday, and also the school half-term holidays - so a lot of people are having a REALLY nice holiday with sunshine and the beach, ice-cream and beer!

I have a zoom book study with my friend LT at 11am, then making a cauliflower and new potato curry for lunch - then settle down to my sewing, and get back into using my BUJO to plan tomorrow.

I can hardly believe it'll be June tomorrow - and I like to set up a new Spark theme on my page for each month - so that'll be a task for me to work on today. Hmmm.............

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5/30/21 1:23 P

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5/30/21 6:54 A

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Sunday - and I found my upstairs neighbour quite annoying after being away for 5 days. I can hear him when he's talking on the phone, or to someone else, and he makes a real racket late evening - it really does sounds like he's assembling flat-pack furniture or re-arranging the furniture! I'd love to know what he does!!! Never mind, I'll soon get used to it again. I did sleep. I woke early and went back to sleep. Then the next time, I got up and made coffee, then got dressed and went for a walk early - before all the holiday-visitors get up and head to the beach today; the sun is up and it's going to be a hot, sunny day.

I was out for over an hour - had a nice quiet walk, the stopped and bought vegetable and fruit at the shop. Had a nice breakfast. Did my Buddhist chanting.

Now I'm going to do some sewing before making lunch.

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5/29/21 2:53 A

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Saturday

I had a good sleep and woke before 6am. Had my morning coffee and did a Pilates workout for the core!

I didn't feel hungry, but had my Slimfast sachet of oatmeal, with a few walnuts.

I'm walking up to see my family once more before I leave. Will buy lunch to eat later, hopefully in the park before the train leaves.

Later: home after a long journey - 7 hours. Phew! I hope I haven't picked up any viruses - will test myself tomorrow, and again in 3 days. I felt very vulnerable being stuck on the train for hours, even with the social-distancing. Not everyone wears a mask, and the train has no direct fresh air coming into the cabin. I realised that I didn't want to test myself whilst I was away, in case I was positive - it would be hard to stay at Travelodge for 10 days!

I had a lovely break, but am very glad to be home again.



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5/28/21 4:18 A

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Friday

And it's cloudy today, which is probably a good thing for walking.

I've been doing Pilates in my room which is great. And sticking to my food plans. I am missing fresh veggies though! I am having lunch at a cafe today, with my d-i-l and her nan. I can't find a menu online, but they say they use fresh produce and cater for vegans - I'm hopeful.

I'm going to The American Museum! I don't know why there is an American Museum - my guess is it is to do with the settlers who went over to America. There's stuff about American folklore etc. I'll find out!

Later: I spent 4.5hrs at the museum with my d-i-l, and was pretty mentally exhausted. But had a nice walk back down to the city, with chill out music in my earphones.

Food? I had a snack-size avocado,beetroot,tomato,watercress and feta pot, with bread. I chose to eat a vegan cookie whilst my companion had chocolate cake. I made sure to remember the sugar, and bought some sparkling water to have later.

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5/27/21 3:35 P

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5/27/21 1:51 A

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Thursday

It took me a while to relax at bedtime last night. Not sure why. But I slept quite well.

I've woken to sunshine too.

This morning I'm out early, to walk with my son taking my grandson to nursery.

I went into a health food store to find an instant plant milk for tea and coffee. I bought organic powdered coconut milk. It's nice. In fact it was what I call 'too nice'! When I checked the very small print, I found it contains maltodextrin and rice syrup. Huh? No wonder it tasted nice!

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5/26/21 3:54 P

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I'm not sure about them as they are inherently processed, chemical, and resemble candy bars. BUT they are working in this situation as they provide enough fat and protein to keep me satisfied, and I don't have to wander around shops looking for something for tea!

I can't weigh until I get home but am hopeful that my weight won't have gone up whilst away from home.

I've had a great day. 26,000 steps walked, and it's a very hilly place! I've got nice photos but can't share them because of technical limitations.

My feet were sore after the walking. Due to my walking shoes which are more rigid than my usual footwear. My poor toes don't like it. So, I've just done a yoga for feet, and massaged my tootsies with lavender oil.


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5/26/21 11:47 A

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I'm going to research them Keto bars.
You may be on to something.

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Yes, it is a great view looking South from Bath city centre. So Love My to see green hills. Bath is said to be built on seven hills. Last night the sunset caught my eye as it lot up Bath Abbey in golden light.

My tablet is struggling with low memory, so I'll find another way to share my photo!

I did the bedtime yoga and slept well. I've woken to a bright morning.

I was a bit dubious about the keto bar I ate for tea. It was like eating a Mars bar! However, I did not feel hungry at bedtime, and I did not wake up feeling hungry, so the chemical tricks in it seem to work.

I'm looking forward to a nice walk this morning. I'm going to a National Trust place called Prior Park.

This afternoon I'm going to visit my son and d-i-l.

First I'm going to do some stretchy exercise. Then go and shop for water and lunch, and fruit.

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Tuesday - and a fractured sleep! My upstairs neighbour was making "I'm in extreme pain and practically dying" noises from about 2am (when it woke me) to around 4am. Poor man - I don't know what goes on up there, but it sounds awful. I do know he's going for an MRI at the hospital today. It's terrible to hear someone suffering so much.

When I woke, I felt hungry - so had a cup of decaff coffee, 3 Ryvitas and butter, and read my book for a couple of hours.

My bag is packed and ready to leave mid-morning.

I've lined up a couple of exercise videos to do before breakfast - one is a 30 min full-body workout and the other is a 1000 step 'uplifting' walking workout. I will be more-or-less sitting on the train for about 5 hours today - and with social-distancing restrictions in place, there's not much opportunity to wander about. I'll make up for it when I've arrived at the hotel - and go out for a walk, and do some yoga to finish the day. There's the plan!

I've just ordered myself the Bright Line Cookbook. I've been aware of this for some time, but thought it a bit too rigid for me as it seems a bit technical. However, I have been moving more and more towards this system of eating - I have been doing the 3 meals and no snacks or sweets for several years, but still have a 'cheat day' on Saturdays. I know that sugar and flour are my two main demons, but try to find ways to get 'just a little'. I didn't really appreciate that the book is about managing food addiction - and making meals less exciting/stimulating. I have been making my meals more 'simple' recently - and, anyway, I think this is the way for me to go.

Later: I did both of the exercise routines this morning. My train journey went perfectly smoothly, and although it was a busier environment than I've been in for a while, noone breathed in my face or anything.

I got some extra waking done when I got off the train because I took a wrong turning. Despite having lived here for a year 36 yrs ago, and visiting several times, I still end up walking round in circles here!

My room is simple, clean, and up on the third floor, so I have a view over town


It's raining, and town was quite busy, so I'm staying in now. Yoga. Music. Reading. Sewing. Sleep!


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Monday - and on the level today - sticking to plan.

Today it's about packing for my trip tomorrow - that's the main thing. Things have been collected from town. Supplies have been obtained. I've even bought some easy-to-carry keto bars which I'm planning to have for my third meal of the day, with some fruit. I have some high-protein porridge oats for breakfasts - again, I will add some fruit and seeds or something.

I've planned a substantial walk on my three mornings away - and booked a ticket for a garden I want to visit. Feeling optimistic.

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Thanks - had a good day today - stayed on-plan with eating. At tea-time I found there were four of those savoury crackers left in the bread bin. I smashed them up in my fist over the trash can! They are a fat, salt, crunchy thing - and do contain some barley malt. They tripped me up.

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Just completed another 9-week challenge on the maintenance team. Managed to hold steady my mid-point of 116.5lbs
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Week 1 : Wed 03/24/2021 - Tue 03/30/2021 - 115.62
Week 2 : Wed 03/31/2021 - Tue 04/06/2021 - 115.37
Week 3 : Wed 04/07/2021 - Tue 04/13/2021 - 116.25
Week 4 : Wed 04/14/2021 - Tue 04/20/2021 - 115.87
Week 5 : Wed 04/21/2021 - Tue 04/27/2021 - 115.12
Week 6 : Wed 04/28/2021 - Tue 05/04/2021 - 116.00
Week 7 : Wed 05/05/2021 - Tue 05/11/2021 - 117.00
Week 8 : Wed 05/12/2021 - Tue 05/18/2021 - 116.12
Week 9 : Wed 05/19/2021 - Tue 05/25/2021 - 117.00

Sunday - I was up late watching Glastonbury livestream which was great despite access difficulties at the beginning. So it was after midnight before I went to bed.

Justin and I agreed to meet at 8am for a run today - when I left home it was dry - then the heavens opened like a power-shower and I got totally soaked as I was wearing a wind-jammer jacket which is NOT waterproof (only rain-resistant - not!) and a strong wind made it feel very uncomfortable and cold. But when we met each other (we walk from opposite directions) we both agreed to continue with our run. I felt I needed something a bit different to day, and put a couple of ideas to Justin - he chose one, and off we went. I had several walk breaks today - when the wind blows in our faces it takes our breath away! We walked up a footpath with 154 steps (I've done this route before). It was muddy and slippy and I did - slip - I bruised the sides of my hands, and superficially skinned one shin (not enough to bleed - will probably bruise). It did mean that all my kit is now getting a wash and I also had the feeling of being a bit of a tough trail runner! The rain stopped and we dried out before we got home. It was great to be out - everything smelled so fresh and looked so vibrant.



Apart from a Buddhist meeting at 19.30 on zoom there is nothing I HAVE to do today. There is some ironing that could be tackled.

The scale was scarily up this morning at 118.25lbs - which was due to yesterday's indulgences - some gluten-free crispbreads, some vegan ice-cream, a slice of raw cake - those extras were enough to cause my body to hang onto 2.5lbs of fluid - or whatever!

I'm on the verge of trying harder to reduce my weight - or at least, reduce the excess fat that sits on my abdominal area.

The wind is wild again.

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I didn't get an early night - I got caught up with sewing and stuff. But I did sleep well.

Saturday - and the wind has calmed down at last! I got laundry done early, popped out for some shopping, and have spent the remainder of the day sewing and listening to an audio book. Every time my tracker reminds me to move, I've been doing about 3 mins of pretend jump-rope which really gets me out of breath quickly!

My microbiome friends were making me crave bread/flour and chocolate - but I decided to do my best to override it - I bought a slice of raw carrot cake for this evening, a low-sugar raw chocolate bar (35g), sesame sticks (gram flour and sesame seeds) and gluten-free bread rolls for my hot-dog and salad lunch.

Hopefully it's worked! It's always worth the effort to break the crave-chain! I did buy some vegan ice-cream which is mainly sugars, with some coconut milk and gum! I will be careful with it - and if it becomes too much of a problem I'll bin it.

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Well, my voluntary work was postponed on Thursday as the park was closed due to high winds (the library is in the park). But it was just as well - I went swimming at 1pm, then dashed home, turned around and went out to meet my friend at one of the galleries. We looked around an exhibition of paintings by Laura Knight - amazing! Then had tea at the adjoining cafe (outdoor seating) and I had a savoury scone as I really was hungry (probably after swimming). We met a woman who was down on holiday, and found we all had a lot in common, so we invited her to sit with us for tea - which was nice.

It was windy and noisy when I went to bed, so I put ear plugs in, and had a good sleep.

Friday - and it was a very windy morning - but Justin and I met up for a run and managed to stay out of the brunt of it mostly, by choosing our direction based on the direction of the wind. I stopped twice during the run for a short walk - I still don't feel I have the same strength and fitness I had earlier in the year. I went swimming yesterday, so maybe that tired my muscles more than I realised.

Today I had a zoom study session with LT which we both really enjoy. Then I went and did my voluntary job (taking money to the bank). I checked out a book from the library while I was there - intending to take in on holiday with me - nice to have at least one non-digital thing to read!

The Foot Troop box I ordered arrived today - and what fun! It contained two recipes - one for fresh tomato soup, and one for making ice-pops with strawberries and tomatoes and yoghurt - and two silicone ice-pop moulds. It has a couple of games in the box too - and a packet of wild-flower seeds and instructions for making seed bombs using the tissue paper packing paper. I was very impressed with it - made the tomato soup for my tea (bought some nice organic beef tomatoes from the shop in town), and have ordered a box to be sent to my grandson next month (and one to me too!)

I am in an 'early night' kind of a mood this evening, and think I'll head for bed early, maybe watch a film or something. A duvet evening! It's been a dark day weather-wise, but the wind seems to have dropped this evening - thank goodness!

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My daughter-in-law has a whole craft business focussing on tea and biscuits - it's quite a thing at the moment. I avoid all the biscuit stuff!

Thursday - and a short night! My upstairs neighbour sounded like he was really struggling - I worry about him dying on the floor gasping for breath. I put a sleep visualization track on, and did fall asleep, but was awake again half-an-hour later as his sounds 'alerted' me. I put ear plugs in and slept for about 5 hours I think - woke at 4.30am. Had coffee and waited for the day to begin really. 6.30am as I type this.

This morning I have my volunteer job at the library - taking the weeks' takings to the bank. Then I have a swim booked at the leisure centre. The weather has turned wild - grey, very windy, rain later.

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Wednesday - and my 'mindful' coffee was pretty noisy this morning - by 8am the world is awake and it's noisy! But, I did have a short chat with a neighbour who passed by, which was good.

I went for a run. Had a quick breakfast. Then went out to meet someone for coffee at the art gallery (she's a Buddhist acquaintance, and not someone that's quite made it into the 'friend' category really - she's a bit abrasive). But we sat on deckchairs with coffee and chatted for an hour or so.

Then I went to pick up my local veggies - this week some pak choi, herbs, spinach, salad leaves. I'm going away on Tuesday morning, so need to use up all my tender leaves by then.

I did a 'stretch & flex' live session on zoom - which I really enjoy. Then lunch. Then a Buddhist women's meeting on zoom.

NOW I'm going to pop the kettle on, make some nice tea, then settle down with my sewing and the audio book I'm currently enjoying.

It's Cornish evening class later - busy day!

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Tuesday - and another good sleep. My doorstep coffee was a bit noise-filled today as it was later (about 8.15am) and people were up and about.

I went out for a ride on my bicycle this morning, and stopped on the way back for coffee and a slice of vegan chocolate cake which I was able to enjoy sitting on a secluded bench near the sea-front.







This afternoon was 2 hours of art group on zoom - which was fun - nice group of older women.

Now I really must do my Cornish homework - every week I leave it to the last minute - no idea why this happens with Cornish, but it does!

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Monday - and I woke from a heavy sleep! Sat and had my doorstep coffee, doing neck exercises - I've got one sore spot which won't let go!

The sun is shining. The scale is up after eating crisps, cookies, ice-cream on Saturday I think, and having a small drink of something alcoholic. So a careful eating day ahead!

Book study with LT on zoom this morning. Laundry needs doing. Couch to Fitness session on the agenda - week 6, day 1 will be cardio I think!

I'm getting my packing list and ideas together for my little adventure to Bath.

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Saturday went really well. Justin was just coming out of the leisure centre as I arrived for my swim - so we made arrangements to meet later. I had a really good swim - getting stronger! Walked home, washed my hair, ate my lunch, walked to Newlyn to meet up with Justin.

We had a lovely meander up to find the woodland (you can see some photos on my Spark page in a blog I posted) - and met some nice people there too. Afterwards, we stopped at The Red Lion, overlooking Newlyn Harbour, and had a gin & lemonade each (kind of cheaper version of a Tom Collins) which was just lovely.

Afterwards, I walked back along the Promenade to Penzance, and had an ice-cream (very sea-side-ish!). Then we both admitted later that we'd crashed out on our respective sofas and napped afterwards! It was a lovely relaxing afternoon.

I set out my running gear before I went to bed - intending to run.

Sunday - and I woke around 8am to rain. I had my doorstep coffee, and contemplated kind of running commando-style in just shorts and a sleeveless vest in the rain. But the rain stopped, and I wore my running capris, the sleeveless vest, and a rain jacket! I really enjoyed my run - thinking I was going very slowly, I was surprised to find I'd done 5k in 32 mins and my pace was 06:23/km which is good for me! I was amazed!

I've just come off 2 hrs of Buddhist inspiration meeting - which was brilliant. I'm not hungry, so I might wait until I feel hungry before I make my next meal. Today it's going to be a fresh-veggies stir-fry with a bit of marinated tofu, and some wholewheat noodles. I've got strawberries and soured cream later (might even drizzle some honey on it!)

Sewing. Reading. Watching a film. Sunday stuff. oh, and a stretch and breath session later.

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I didn't finish eating for the day - I stayed up later watching something on catch-up, and ended up snacking on gluten-free, veggie crackers with vegan butter! Scale is up this morning.

Saturday - and I've done some grocery shopping, posted my old passport back to the office (and have paid for a new one - could take 10 weeks; it'll look odd to me, as my old one was European Union and now it'll just be British blue).


I went down to the cafe and bought a take-out salad box and a date flapjack for today's lunch (or dinner, or both).

Now waiting for time to set off for a swim.

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Friday - and today I went on the bus over to St Ives and spent a nice chunk of time with my friend CB. We began with coffee, and I ended up staying for a nice lunch with her on her balcony (outdoors).

I've done a Pilates session, and finished eating for the day.

That's it!

Tomorrow I am going for a swim, and a walk up to find the little woodland I mentioned. I think tomorrow I'll have cake, and maybe an ice-cream (actually, probably will have an ice-cream).

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I enjoyed my Stretch & Flex session. I didn't go up to Bowjey Woods - but have planned to go up there on Saturday afternoon, and perhaps Justin will come with me and we'll make it into a bit of a 'social' with a coffee/tea stop as well. Depends on the weather a bit.

I wasn't able to meet LT in the cafe, because it rained - so I went to her house to sign her papers for her. We risked a couple of minutes, masked up, in her front room.

Cornish evening class was good - as always!

I went for a walk afterwards (7pm) and up to a community space where I enjoyed the evening sunshine. It was nice. It's not a place I think to go, but there are several benches there, and some picnic tables too.

Thursday - and I got a good sleep last night (thank goodness!) - and have been out for a run with Justin. Up and down the Promenade - 30 mins with a 1 min walk break in the middle.

Today I'm going to do an hour of shredding papers at the library, then walk out to the community garden and collect my vegetable bag (and flowers). There is a Pilates live session which I'll catch up with later. This evening there is a Buddhist study meeting on zoom. So - that's the day pretty much sorted!

Later: some nice photos from my walk out to the Community Garden





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I enjoyed my swim yesterday - and managed to stay in for the whole session (about 25 mins swimming), so am improving strength & stamina.
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I also did a 49 min yoga session from Yoga with Adriene's May calendar - it was HARD - in fact I had to hold onto a chair for the one-legged routine at the end - but a really good 'rinse' type workout.

I made a point to eat lunch about 13.15h yesterday, even though I wasn't ravenous. Then again, eat my third meal before 5pm. Then I felt a bit hungry around 7pm, which I'm pretty sure is due to the fact that I've eaten at that time for a couple of days - interesting how quickly the body/brain shifts! I resisted, and had a cup of no-sugar cocoa. It worked.

I had a slightly disturbed night due to noise upstairs - I wonder if his electric bed and massage function is what causes the noises (that sound like furniture being moved!) and I can hear from his vocal sounds that he's in pain. It's a hard one to hear. I put ear-plugs in and concentrated on my breathing - and fell back to sleep.

I had my 15 mins on the doorstep with coffee - and there was a sound that I associate with a boat's engine - I couldn't see from where I am, but thought at first it might be the lifeboat going out - but it was too slow, so perhaps it was just a fishing boat chugging out.

Today I am meeting LT in the cafe in the park for a coffee (tea for me), to witness her signing some legal papers for a house sale. We haven't seen each other in real life for about a year at least!

I have a Stretch & Flex session on zoom at midday, and Cornish evening class (which I dread every week, and then always enjoy!).

I have been making sure I get out for a walk in 'nature' once a day (it's Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and the theme is 'connect with nature'). Yesterday it was 20 mins before tea, round the park.

Today I'm minded to head up to a little community woodland area that a group are preserving in Newlyn - Bowjey Woods. Someone is trying to buy it for 'development' so they're encouraging people to visit and use the space to make a case for keeping it's 'green' status.



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Not a deep sleep last night - one of those nights when I was aware of being not-asleep for a lot of the time (or what seemed like a lot of the time). I had set the alarm to be up in time to go for a swim this morning; maybe that was playing on my mind.

So, here I am all ready to go for a swim. I'm paying more attention at eating on time today - last night I had to eat something at 7pm again because I hadn't noticed the time past. I'm a little afraid to go to bed without eating anything since lunch - but two meals a day might be moving into my reality.

So - today I swim. After that I haven't made a decision yet about what other exercise I'll do - maybe yoga would be the thing today and/or something really stretchy.

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I did have that green salad for my late meal - and was fine.

Monday - and I woke early, then lay in bed and drifted back to sleep - when I woke the second time I was SHOCKED to see it was almost 10am!!!!!!!

It is another very windy day here and I decided not to venture out, as I don't need to.

I had a good zoom discussion with my Buddhist buddy, LT, this morning. And I've done a 30 mins Pilates session.

Later: I did a 40 min lower body resistance band workout with someone I found on youtube 'Senior Fitness with Meredith' which was good.

My meals were wrong-time again today, due to getting up late etc. My lunch was at 3pm (I didn't realise the time!) and ended up being a can (very unusual for me) of an organic three-bean chilli, and some rice (I had in the freezer). The chilli was really disappointing (canned things always are in my experience!) and I threw the remainder of it away. I really feel sorry for people who have to make do with canned foods from the foodbank. I did, however, make a tofu 'quiche' with greens which is now sliced up and in the fridge.

I have failed, once again, to do any Cornish homework, ironing or housework. I'm getting too good at being 'retired' and spending large chunks of time reading and relaxing!

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I DID do 30 mins of Body Groove (Young at Heart) and worked up a sweat and got out of breath - good stuff! I was surprised at how energetic it was without appearing to be!

I went to bed feeling positive, and set out my running gear for this morning (Sunday). So, when I woke up I was eager to get out there! It wasn't wet this morning, and not too windy. I had a lovely run. It's still feeling hard to do the first couple of intervals of running (5mins 30 secs each run interval at the moment) and I appreciate the 1 min walking 'rest' interval. I did a couple of hill repeats on this slope (Abbey Slip) at the end of the run. The harbour looked deceptively calm - beyond the harbour wall the sea was very rough! I wouldn't want to be on the ferry today!





I feel a lot better today - the black cloud has lifted (I hope!) - I'm making some very green celery stalk soup for lunch, and have made a couple of rhubarb crumbles (one for the freezer) which I'm looking forward to. The celery stalk and rhubarb from the organic community garden. I've just set up an order for next week which will include herbs, cavolo nero, purslane, spicy salad leaves, and another bunch of flowers. This time I'm going to walk out to the garden project to pick it up, instead of collecting from a place in town. It's not a long walk and will be nice to see where they are.

I had in my diary to do a walk and a picnic today - going on a longer walk. But I'm not going to. I've done the run, and I think I fancy doing Stretch & Flex later.

It's feeling very good to be cooking with these really fresh, very flavoursome veggies from the community garden - really, really nice.

I found some interesting bread in the shop yesterday and bought a couple of packs. They're made with seeds, flax, psyllium etc - no flour, dairy, yeast, egg etc. I had a couple of slices toasted for breakfast - nice - very substantial.

Right - now to book another swimming session..............

Later: swimming booked. Had a nice video call with my descendants! Did a Box Fit workout which I enjoyed. Kind of drifted through the day somehow - had lovely celery soup and rhubarb crumble for lunch. It's a bit late for a meal now (20.00) but I need something - I am going to have some salad, and a cup of hot chocolate.

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Saturday

and I've been sleeping really well recently - for which I'm very grateful!

I woke to a grey, wet, dark, very windy day and decided NOT to go for a run. I hadn't hear from Justin, so assumed he was working. I took the day off!

I've done 3 hours on zoom with the WEA doing a session on equality and diversity, but focussed around early years education - it was called 'Fostering a sense of belonging' and was really interesting and inspiring.

Time for lunch now (already gone 14.00h!) then, inspired by a friend who just sent me a text, I'm going to wrap up warm and head out for a walk at least!

Later: It wasn't quite as bad out as it seemed from indoors - I amused myself by walking up and down the side-streets



I popped into Holland & Barratt and picked up a few things that I hadn't intended to buy! Stocked up on Vitamin D3 which was on offer, some amazing 'cookies' which are just coconut, cashew, ginger, date, raisin - made in Latvia - they were delicious! (The Beginnings) - if you ever come across them - try them! (unless you hate coconut)


I am charging up my DVD player, and have the Body Groove DVD on stand-by. I will, I will, I will get my gear on later and do a bit of movement!

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OK, so I rebooked the swimming for today. I stayed up late doing cross-stitch for the art project. I fell asleep with a meditation tape and woke up 5 hours later (dawn). Had coffee on the doorstep as paramedics arrived to pay a brief visit to one of my neighbours - I heard them say "there must be another way out of here" and I spoke from my hall-way "there is - straight ahead and turn right takes you onto the street". Being paramedics they didn't jump when I spoke - just said "thanks".

I still feel really down. My weight is a bit up again this week too. It had been maintaining around 115, and now it's up to 117 again. Not a big number, but psychologically it's a big number (and those 2lbs are round my waist for sure!)

I've put washing in the machine - the day promises to stay dry, so I'll peg it on the line. I have book study via zoom at 11am, then swimming at 13.00. When I get back from swimming I'll make that pizza I've been promising myself (and didn't get to have yesterday).

Look at these lovely 'wildish' flowers from the community garden veg bag scheme - there are three things in there that I know are edible: borage, marigold, broccoli flowers - maybe there are more, but I won't risk it.


Later: I feel a lot better this evening. I enjoyed my swim, and took the time to make my pizza which was WELL WORTH THE EFFORT! I had been tempted to just pick something up on the way back from swimming, but thought "no, use what you've got at home" I didn't have lunch until 3pm, but it was yummy! The photo does it no justice at all. The spinach (and a few stalks of purslane) were SO delicious it made me realise what I've been missing from the shop-bought stuff!


homemade base (no yeast - but 10 mins kneading) - tomato sauce with onion, garlic, herbs; mushrooms, spinach and purslane, capers, sweetcorn, vegan cheese

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5/6/21 5:55 P

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Thursday - later: the weather cleared up and SH and I sat in the sunshine for an hour chatting. My bus home was delayed due to a break-down, so I ended up cancelling the swimming - rebooked for tomorrow. Menu plans all went down the pan today!

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Gosh, looks like I didn't post on Wednesday! I slept well using a meditation tape to send me off. I went running with Justin at 7am which was good. I went to the library and did my voluntary job of taking money to the bank. I did a Stretch & Flex class on zoom which was lovely. And I also did the Cornish evening class on zoom. I ended the day wanting to eat - but had a bath instead, and then went to bed and listened to another meditation track on Meditainment. I didn't hear the end of it - I fell asleep!

Thursday - and it's raining. I sat at the front door with my coffee this morning and listened to the rain. I'm going to take the bus over to Hayle to visit my friend SH who is staying in her beach chalet. I'm not allowed indoors with her yet, so am going to take a flask of coffee, and an umbrella and stand by the front door, and she can sit indoors - we can at least talk. It's a bit crazy, but worth it to just see her and exchange a few words. OK to get a walk in too!

I'm going to collect my lovely local organic veggies today too - I've got celery stems (planning soup), spinach (planning pizza), flowers, salad bag, purslane, and rhubarb (planning crumble)

I've not had purslane before

"Purslane is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. All in all, edible purslane is a very healthy plant to add to your diet."

Read more at Gardening Know How: Fresh Purslane Herb – What Is Purslane And Care Of Purslane Plant https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/purslane/edible-purslane-herb.htm

here's a top tip!
"Make green smoothies (purslane will make them creamier) with blueberries, kiwis, peaches, or tropical fruit (it’s okay to freeze purslane for use in smoothies)"

I've a swim booked for 17.30 today - I don't usually go out to exercise at that time, but thought I'd try it!

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Nice to know you are planning a trip to see the family. I get what you are feeling anxious/depressed. I’m rather self absorbed into my own head at the moment. Exercising, running and art are good solutions.

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emoticon Nice to see you, Brian!

I did a Pilates routine before bed last night, and that felt very good - I slept better than I have for a while - it was 8.30am when I opened my eyes!

Tuesday - and I have made the decision not to go out at all today again. Today I have art on zoom for a couple of hours this afternoon. I'm going to do some indoor walking, and a 'glutes' session with Couch to Fitness. Tomorrow I'm running with Justin.

I'm feeling quite low mood-wise, but functioning. I actually did a self-assessment on-line and it came out as anxiety rather than depression. Maybe I'll do a guided meditation thing before bed tonight.

Later: I enjoyed the art. I did my two workouts and felt good for doing that. I was so late starting today that I ended up eating breakfast at 11.30, having a light lunch at 1.30 (before art), and then just a smoothie for tea. Funny day!

I've crossed some things of my list too: did my Cornish homework; bought train tickets for my trip to Bath; did my Fly Lady task for today.

I think I'm going to indulge in some reading - I'm reading a book for the Book Club which is very absorbing. The Radium Girls (not a happy story - but interesting).

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I haven’t gone back through everything I missed. It’s nice to get out riding with other women. Cycling can be very taxing cardio. And, swimming again. All good stuff.

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Monday

And I slept well after my bike ride on Sunday! I fell asleep for a while on the sofa when trying to watch something on my tablet. So then went and tidied up the kitchen, and headed for bed. Read a while.

Today it's turned cold and windy again. There's a grey sky, and I'm getting a lot less light in the room due to the scaffolding that's been put up outside - it's acting like a sun-visor and blocking the light!

I feel cold - after a few weeks of sunshine, it feels very cold.

Today I'm planning to stay home. I've got my usual Monday book club with LT, my Buddhist buddy. Apart from that - I've just got my list of things-to-do. I'm very happy to have invested in a new Bullet Journal; I had been trying to make do with another notebook, and it wasn't working. The 'proper' BJ is almost £20, but it lasts about 6 months and it WORKS for me! It's the right size, texture, weight, shape etc.

I had a bit of a cakey weekend, and my weight it up this morning. It always makes me a bit scared when I think of how much bigger and heavier I'd be if I ate 'normally'!

I just subscribed (one-off) to a local food education box - it's designed to teach children to get interested in food and cooking. It's vegan. I thought I'd see what it's like - it doesn't send food - just the ideas and tools etc. It might be something I could send to my grandson (and mum & dad!). Or it might be something that encourages me to cook different things. The fact that it's vegan and I don't have to adjust the recipes etc is a great benefit.

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Sunday - and I had a busy-head night again! I slept from about 10 - 2, then woke up with a buzzing brain! I had a bit of water, and then put on a sound-track of ocean waves, and just kept my eyes shut listening to it. Not sure how much I slept - hopefully more than I think I did.

I'm guessing I am keyed up about going out for the bike ride with the new people. I've taken a couple of valerian tablets to help me out a bit. I had my 'mindful' coffee on the doorstep, and did 30 mins chanting before breakfast.

The sun is shining and it looks like being a lovely day. I'll be fine once I'm out. I wish I didn't get so wound up about things!

Later: of course the bike ride was great. Only three of us women. The route was longer on the outward leg, and shorter on the way back. It included some places I'd not been to before, which was nice. The ride leader was really encouraging and helpful. We had a drink and cake in Hayle. My legs feel very tired now - I've had a soak in the bath, but I think I may well be a bit stiff tomorrow!

My Garmin fitness tracker automatically detected I was cycling (clever, eh?!) and showed how hard I was working. It's harder cardio that running (in my opnion)


Oh, and I meant to say - after the grotty meal I had on Saturday I've determined NEVER to do that again - and also NOT to eat after 6pm. My body doesn't appreciate it!

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Saturday

and out for a run on my own this morning - I increased my intervals to 05:15 and a rest of 1 mins walking - and did that 4 times. So, I was out for 35 mins in total. I'm still feeling like it's quite a slog! But I'll keep at it! Maybe, as I get closer to 70 than 60 yrs old, my body's needs are changing - and my maintenance regime needs to change as well.

Lovely scrambled tofu and a pile of tender, dark, greens for breakfast. I'm going over to Hayle on the bus to meet my friend, GW, for lunch - and as it's Saturday I am free to enjoy things that are slightly out of my everyday eating zone!

On the way back, I will get off the bus at Halfords (out of town a bit) and pick up a spare inner tube etc for the bike ride - and have a browse around.

Later: I got to Hayle about 40 mins early (due to the buses only being once an hour), so got a lovely oatmilk coffee and sat in a sunny place to drink it. The meal I had with my friend was appalling really - a poor quality veggie burger (the kind you buy in frozen food departments with sweetcorn and potato filling!) in a brioche bun, with two battered onion rings, and a side of thick potato wedges, and a tablespoon of chopped salad veg. I didn't enjoy it - maybe next time I'll just have a sandwich! But it was a nice place to sit outside in the beer garden and have some social catch-up time. The staff are nice and friendly too.

On the way back, I went into the bike shop and found my inner tube, a small puncture repair kit, and a compact pump. They were quite low on stock generally. I did browse around and didn't understand half of the things I was looking at! I hope I'll learn more from the people I go cycling with.

When I got back to town, I went into Ryman's and treated myself (?!) to a new Bullet Journal, and also picked up some decent water colours and a set of decent brushes.

I'm tired now (16.17h) - probably due to the rubbish food at lunch time. I got a bit of a walk in from the cycle shop (2k) - feel like just snoozing! The bike ride tomorrow starts at 9.30am from the train station, so we'll be in Hayle in time for coffee and cake.

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Friday

I went swimming today. Managed 12 lengths, so that's 3,000 m.

I've signed up to do a bike ride with a group of women on Sunday, so tomorrow I will have to go and buy a spare inner tube (compulsory kit).

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Thursday

and I slept better last night - woke around 4am, then again at 5.30 and got up and had coffee on the doorstep (well, on a stool just inside the hall really, but with the front door open).

I don't feel very cheerful today - it's colder, and the sun has gone again.

Today, however, I have an hour of voluntary work at the library (shredding past-date archive material) - then collecting some organic veggies from a local growers project - and my menu-plan is built around that for the next few days. Tender green things!

Later: it rained a bit, and I wore my winter coat out today. The veggies from the community garden are BEAUTIFUL - I had a lovely stir-fry for lunch with some tender-stem greens, flower etc. The jar of honey looks BEAUTIFUL too - I am so pleased to have found this source of organic, locally-produced nutrition. Maybe I will gradually get involved with them - they operate a food bank, a street food project, a community garden, workshops for kids etc. Perhaps I could volunteer to help with the stall in the farmers' market when it re-opens - it's just up the road from me, once a week. Or maybe I'll just be a customer!

I did two 30 min exercise sessions this afternoon - one was a full-body circuit training session, the other was a nice stretchy mobility and balance type thing. Both of these improved my mood quite a bit (as did my tasty stir-fry lunch).

Later still: I'm so cold this evening, I reckon I'm going to get into bed with a hot-water bottle and a hot drink and watch a film under the covers!

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Thanks for the reminder - I have some sounds like that on an app on my phone.

Tonight I'm going to do yoga, then have a bath with lavender oil in it - hopefully that'll settle me. And, of course, turn off the computer before 8pm!

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