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Returning to sparks and blogging in 2020

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

We are a week into the new year so time to write my plans down.

I drifted away from Sparks as there had been so many changes to the site it no longer felt right. There have been so many advances with online Apps which offer quicker and easier ways of recording food intake and exercise. My apple watch counts my steps and monitors my activity giving awards and positive affirmations instantly accomplished. It feels outdated to spin the spark wheel and collect points where before this was something I enjoyed. However these apps do not have the human connection that you get from sparks. I enjoyed interacting with friends and also reading other members blogs and postings. Life is changing DH has been retired for 20 months and I decided to join him so I took early retirement from my nursing career my final day was 31/12/19 so I have been retired for a week! Going well so far.

In the last year I was helping to lead the hospice at home team caring for those in the last days/weeks of life in their own home. I loved the patient and family contact but more and more I was office based and supporting by telephone to liase with Dr’s and other health professionals. I got into the habit of skipping meals or grabbing snacks at my desk I was sitting for the majority of the day and frequently going into work early and working late or continuing to work on the computer when I got home. As a result the lbs crept back on and motivation to exercise was a struggle. I have decided that I can use Sparks in a way that I think it will be helpful to me.
Previously I found a monthly blog with my plans for the month ahead and a lookback on the previous month helped focus me so this is my attempt to start back and see how I get on, no pressure.


Aim for 6000 daily steps and to run 5k x2 week
Minimum of 20 intentional fitness minutes every day at present doing Pahla B 31day fitness videos (on youtube) these include a mixture of cardio and strength and aimed for over 50’s.


I eat a reasonable diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables however I need to look at portion sizes as I know I underestimate how many calories in my portion. I have also got into the habit of snacking and grazing a handful of nuts becomes a whole bag.
I will Plan meals at the week end for the following week with 2 meat free days and try a new recipe a week

A vital part of living.

My son and his family live 250 miles away and takes 4-5 hrs drive to visit them but now I am retired I intend to visit more often. We visited a few days before Christmas and I am going to stay for 5 nights in 10 days time. It means I can help with the grandchildren. Marisa 7 and the twins Callum and Fraser who will be 2 in February.

I enjoy doing my housework and generally been a home maker which my DH loves.
I love to read so will plan to read 3 books this month while also clearing out the books I have and take them to the charity shop.
OK this feels better having made a plan and written it down.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Wow...Happy Retirement Anne! Looks like you've got it all planned out. I wish you the best and am so proud of you. I'm just coming back again and catching up on a few things. (o:
    236 days ago
    Great to see you back on Spark, Anne! You may discover a whole new life in retirement--I know I did.
    289 days ago
    Wonderful Anne!! Love this blog, great motivator. I'm easing back. Today is my first day to start wearing a pedometer again! Like you, I never left healthy eating but inactivity and meds enabled some pounds to sneak back. You look great and you are going to love retirement! Retiring early was the best decision I ever made. Time with those grandchildren is precious! Bonus: Now they spend time with me! :)
    Let's make it a great 2020!!
    289 days ago
    Congrats on retirement!! 💕
    290 days ago
  • SPICY23
    emoticon have missed your voice.

    Sounds like an excellent plan!

    Peace and Care
    290 days ago
    Happy Retirement
    290 days ago
    beautiful 2020 calendar. is it online as a printable? nice. i'm doing the Pahla B too.
    290 days ago
    290 days ago
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