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After an intensive year blogging every single day, this year I'm taking a GAP YEAR! This is an acronym for Grace & Passion! These are two things that are important to me: Grace is one of the human attributes I value highly - not in the religious sense, but in the sense of moving well, speaking well, being mindful, generous, compassionate. Passion is something I feel I'm lacking, and would like to revive, or discover - whatever it turns out to be. There was a helpful Spark Blog a while ago which addresses this issue.

I can't post a hyperlink here - but if you're interested, you can cut-and-paste this: https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motiv
ation_articles.asp?id=2556

As I like to have something to guide me along the way, I'm going to use Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" as a daily prompt - to make me think. So there will still, probably, be a daily blog! I might take weekends off though - for some free-thinking and adventuring.

I am 65 yrs old, 5'3" tall. I put on a few pounds over the Xmas holidays, but they will soon go. I am a member of the Maintaining Team and take part in their accountability challenge to stay within 3% of my goal weight. I've got my goal weight starting at 114lbs this year - which gives me about 3.5 lbs leeway in each direction. I'd love to get to the bottom of that range by the end of the year (110.5 lbs)

As I get older, I'm finding it more and more necessary to make sure I move every day - that means physical training every day - flexibility, strength, mobility, stamina. Being seriously committed to it - not just doing it when I feel like it.

I want to be strong, fit, supple, happy, healthy, full of energy!

Keeping weight down is worthwhile for many reasons - but check this out:-

".. every pound of weight loss results in five pounds of stress taken off your knees, seven pounds off your ankles, and a whopping ten pounds off your spinal discs!"


Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 44,194

My Goals:
These are my physical goals: I want to have achieved the following:-

1) to be maintaining my weight around 110lbs by the end of 2019

2) to keep my waist under 29" (I'd like to get it down to 27" eventually!)

3) to maintain a supple and strong body into my later years

4)To be a slim, strong, fit woman!

January 2020: 8 stone 6lbs (118lbs) BMI 20.9 (normal range) WHR 0.83 (moderate risk - avocado shape)


My Program:
I aim to walk or run at least 30 mins every day. Ideally the running needs to be 3 times a week.

For the behavioural/emotional reasons for eating: Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss programme

NoS diet - No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S.

I have started eating according to the seasonal recommendations of Ayruveda which is suiting me well. I am slowly adopting some of the practices - like eating between 10am and 6pm and having most of my food between 10am and 2pm, with just a small meal around 6pm to finish the day's eating.

I have been a vegetarian since I was 18 yrs old. I am aiming to shift to a mostly vegan diet - removing as much dairy as I can, unless caught in a tricky social situation.

I try to keep certain carbs low: wheat & sugar. I'm considering taking this more seriously



Personal Information:
I live by the sea in the South West of the UK. I work full-time to provide services for adults with learning disabilities. I am a Nichiren Buddhist.


Other Information:
Books I've found useful:
'Eating Less - say goodbye to overeating' by Gillian Riley
'The end of overeating - taking control of our insatiable appetite' by David A Kessler
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'100 MORE Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg
'Refuse to Regain' by Barbara Berkeley
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle
'Make Friends with the Scale' by Linda Spangle
'Eat, Move, Sleep' by Tom Rath


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    Thank you for the goodie. It's been quite a while since I picked up a pair of knitting needles. Several years ago I made quite a few scarves using the largest (size 50 US) needles and something called eyelash yarn, which I paired with a very soft baby yarn. Since the needles were so great in diameter, I needed only to cast on 12 stitches and it took merely an hour to finish a scarf. Believe it or not, the scarves were a very good wind break, tucked in a jacket, while being very lightweight and stylish. Great (and quick) gifts for many friends.
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