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4/6/18 2:07 P

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I slept in this morning and had no time for anything. It was great! Usually, I feel the way you do. I have lots of time but it goes by fast. You fit a lot in today.

You are doing well with your April self-awareness work. Positive psychology is a good focus. I'm glad you are feeling positive today (thanks for the word of caution about the blog). Self reflection can seem that way.

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Lord, time is going too fast today - I spent the first hour with coffee in bed and journalling. Then I spent the next hour and a bit, running. Then breakfast and updating Spark - and it's 11am. I must go and chant!

I'm off to work on the bus at 3.30pm today - home at 10pm hopefully. Short shift.

Today I had oatcakes with nut & seed butter on for breakfast with a nice mug of coffee. The peanut butter has sunflower, pumkin and flax seeds ground up in it - rather nice (and fits a little better with the ayruvedic Spring list!).

Lunch is going to be a curry - I have leeks, parsnips, carrots, chickpeas, edame beans, coconut........ berris and almond/soy yoghurt for dessert.

Dinner at work is going to be avocado with some kind of balsamic vinegar & soy sauce mixture, plus oranges.

After I've chanted I'll do the second part of Day 27 - the sprints (skips) and push-ups.

All is well (don't let my blog distress you - I'm feeling positive).

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4/5/18 10:27 A

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I'm glad you are leaning on your spiritual practice and taking time to chant these days. It's good for you. It's an expression of who you are too. The 'Artists Way' sits in my door chest waiting .... I'm not sure what I'm waiting for. I'm glad you are having sunshine.

30 Days of Change is not the easiest program to work into busy days. Some are really quite difficult, like the push-up sprint days. I'm taking today off too. Running doesn't fit into my Thursday plans. I'm good.

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4/5/18 4:45 A

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30 DoC has been good in a lot of ways - there have been some good workouts, but tricky to fit into life. Today I'm not going to do Day 27. I'll do a different workout - probably Andromeda.

I slept well last night, and deliberately snoozed. The sun was shining, so I took my morning pages journal to the doorstep with my coffee. That was lovely.

I have the same shift as yesterday - 2.30pm bus, home at 11pm. So I'm still working through my lists.

I had some nice porridge for breakfast, with raisins, sunflower seeds, yoghurt, Sweet Freedom choc-shot coconut - just a drizzle - it's nice.

Lunch is going to be vegan sausages, sweet potato 'fries', peas. Dinner-to-go will be the cheese & pickle again, ditto the carrot sticks and chilli dip, a few dates, hemp milk to make a hot chocolate. This seems to work for me on the evening shifts.

There were no suitable properties to 'bid' on this week - which saved me from having to make a choice!

When I've finished here, I'm going to go and do an hour's chanting. This is helping me to feel optimistic and calm.

I'm also reading a book about positive psychology to overcome depression (it includes learned optimism and mindfulness etc).

I deleted all the texts to/from Darin from my phone so I won't keep re-reading them. This felt very freeing.



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4/4/18 10:41 A

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Sounds cozy sitting listening to the birds and the rain. Are you on Day 26? I think so. I should pop over to Darbee for this discussion. I'm on Day 26, 60 minutes of cross training and a bunch of burpees. I will hike my 60 minutes.

Nice menu. Have a good day today.

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4/4/18 8:27 A

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It was a run day, but when I woke up it was raining. I also know I was working late tonight, so I decided to go running later.

I took my coffee back to bed - it was 6.30am - and threw the window open wide to listen to the birds (and the rain) and enjoyed the fresh air whilst wrapped up in my duvet! I wrote my journal (the morning pages - Julia Cameron's Artists Way) which was good.

I got up and updated Spark. Made myself some porridge with banana and hazelnuts for breakfast, then went to chant for an hour. Got some laundry out.

My groceries arrived, so I'm all stocked up which is nice. And then I went for a run.

Now I've packed my 'dinner' for work (sourdough rye with cheese & pickle, a carrot with some chilli sauce as it's a pretty tasteless carrot!) a few dates, some soya milk and some Sweet Freedom choc shot so I can have a hot chocolate this evening. Comfort 'drink'.

Just cooking up my wheat-free (buckwheat and sweet potato!) spaghetti and the other half of the lentil bolognese I made yesterday- that's lunch.

Then off for the bus at 2.30pm - home at 11pm.


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4/3/18 9:54 A

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4/3/18 1:11 A

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I'm on-plan, everything is done, I'm ready to leave for work.
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4/2/18 10:18 P

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Okay ....

You do have a long stretch of consecutive workdays. I read the explanation on Darbee.

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4/2/18 2:54 P

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Just realized I'm working until 4.30pm - so edited my last post.

D & I had a prolonged text exchange this evening - he said his couple of hours of work ended up being all day. The rest isn't repeatable here on Spark! But I said he could keep it on his wish list as being in the same place at the same time doesn't seem to be our speciality at the moment!

I've done all I can do for today. Just going to check out over on Darebee. Then to bed - alarm set for 4.30am.

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4/2/18 12:35 P

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Getting out IS good for you. It's the way i think of you, wandering around the countryside. Just, now you move faster :D Today it sounded extra vivid and beautiful .... and it was drizzly! Yes, this sort of thing is VERY good for you. Keep doing it!
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I love that you got to stroke a chicken. They are interesting creatures, chickens. They really are in a category with cat, dogs and dairy cows as being fully domestic from intensive breading. I was once chased by a chicken while out running.

I'm sorry Gill. I'm sorry you didn't at least get a text canceling.

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4/2/18 11:23 A

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Hi! Yes, I got my run done.

I had my pancake 'breakfast' at 12.30! So I guess that was 'lunch'? I've just started cooking lentil sauce to have with non-wheat pasta this evening - a two meal day it seems! Well, that's OK.

Darin hasn't appeared - it's 4.15. I feel like texting to say 'forget it'. I felt very positive when I was chanting this morning, but that feeling has waned again......... so hard to know when to persevere; when to draw a line under it. Doubly hard because "giving up" is my tendency I think. I'll give him a bit longer!

I had some really lovely things on my run this morning - getting out like that is so good for me. I ran right out in the country where I was surrounded by daffodil fields - amazing. The views, as you know, are wonderful - the moors, the craggy hills, the old mining ruins. I love it here I really do. I also met a couple of very friendly chickens - I was able to stroke them; I've never stroked a chicken before.

I enjoyed seeing the rain water rushing down the hills and gullies, into all the old granite adits and outfalls - the power of that water coming down the 'mountain' is tremendous even in those small streams. There are flood relief constructions all the way down through the hill to the sea in St Ives - I don't really appreciate how they work - but I know that they do (mostly!) and are pretty technical. I think that's the kind of work you are involved in, isn't it?

I saw one other runner - a man who was running out as I was running back. I'm so lucky to have these little lanes and back-ways to run in.

I'm tired, physically - and looking forward to an early night. I have to be on the 6.30am bus tomorrow - working until 4.30, so home about 6pm. I'm making overnight oats (including carrot - the Xmas pud recipe!) for breakfast at work, and roll + fruit type lunch.

I haven't been into The Hive yet............ it's on my list!

PS It's past 5pm - I've texted him to say it's too late to come over. It's not 'after lunch' anymore, is it? No.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 4/2/2018 (14:47)
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4/2/18 10:11 A

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8:00! emoticon

I can relate to your morning 'problem'. I tend to think anything important needs time in the morning hours. It can cause quite a bit of stress for a minor problem. It's a good place to practice 'let it go'. Which you did perfectly today.

I hope you get what you want from connecting with Darin today.

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4/2/18 4:16 A

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I didn't go out of the house on Sunday (except to put washing on the line) and that was OK. It was a nice day.

I didn't wake until 8am !!!!!! this morning, which is unheard of!!!!!! This set off a minor problem for me because I wanted to write 'morning pages' aka journal, and chant, before going for my long run. At the moment, I've done the journalling, am updating Spark, then going to chant, then going to run. I have a second coffee in my carry-cup to take upstairs for chanting.

The weather is grey and drizzling - but I don't care, I'm running.

Darin might come over this afternoon - we had a little exchange of texts yesterday evening - initiated by me. I'm not holding my breath, but will chant about it.


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4/1/18 10:27 A

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I'm glad you feel better, feel happy today. It's probably due to all those things you list. I was considering this idea of 'openness' towards other people over mindful coffee. It starts with accepting ourselves. That's an incomplete thought. emoticon

My mind is rushing forward to all the things I have to do. I'm glad you are having a good day and get another day off tomorrow! I will catch up with your blog and your updated SparkPage. Maybe I'll finish the 'peopling' thought above.

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4/1/18 9:35 A

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I had a yummy Sunday lunch: I made a small pizza base using gluten-free flour, herbs, and grated parsnip (I remembered it from a Jason Vale video) - it was tasty. I made a simple tomato sauce to go on top, then used half a baked sweet potato stuffed with chilli and spinach (left-overs), and some pepper-jack vegan cheese on top. Half a plate of mixed salad leaves (dark leaves - rocket, spinach etc). For dessert I had a frozen banana & cocoa ice-cream, with berries. I also had a bottle of alcohol-free ale.

I haven't been out. It's raining. I am enjoying a Big Read with a regular supply of tea!

I've just blogged about a couple of new books I've bought - so I've got two new e-books, and one hard-backed book (Michael Greger's How not to Die Cookbook) coming in the post. My spending for the month is done now! Although I'm hoping my budget might run to a few sessions at the swimming pool.



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4/1/18 3:21 A

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Yes, I was proud of myself for getting 3 good social interactions in yesterday
1. talking for an hour on the bus (or listening mostly!) with the fellow parkrunner
2. having a coffee & chat with a not-close friend in the local cafe
3. having a video call with family

That was good for me - and counter-balanced the fact that I snuck off after parkrun without speaking to anyone, and spent most of my day alone.

I was awake just after 5am this morning, and just lay there a while. Then I got up, put on a few more layers, made coffee and sat out on the doorstep totally enthralled by the dawn chorus - what a noise!

I've updated my Spark page and set my intentions. I've had my gluten-free hot-cross buns and coffee (breakfast) and made a list for the day.

I've checked in over on Darebee and am going to do Day 23 today. I'm also going to get plenty of chanting done. I only did an hour yesterday - but it was good.

I'm not sure if I'll get out for a walk today - I might not (because of the holiday-makers) - but I've got a long run in mind for Monday. Travelling home on the 'little bus' across the moors yesterday reminded me of a route I was doing regularly, and seem to have forgotten about!

Off to chant now - 1hr. Then I'll put my sports bra on and do those jumping jacks and stuff. No problemo!

I'm feeling a lot better today - could it just be the day off? or the full moon? or park run? or the social interactions I had? or the chanting? or texing D? or having money in the bank again? who knows - all of it I guess! I'm happy to be feeling happier!
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4/1/18 12:16 A

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I'm so glad you got that 20 minute conversation with Robin. You should do it more often. Use the technology to bring the two of you closer.

parkrun sounded good. We didn't have THAT many visitors. You should get your town back in a few days. Until summer ..... You got some shopping done. Picked up that new belt you wanted.

Asking your friend to coffee today was good for you. I'm glad she accepted.

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I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get Skype to work - but we got there and I had 20 mins very entertaining 'conversation' with Robin! Must do it more often, so we both get used to it!



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3/31/18 11:47 A

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Phew, it was hard to 'throw off the covers and get up' this morning - but I did it. I put my running togs on, and my jeans and jumper over the top. Made my coffee. Set off on that early bus in the dark (and cold).

I went to the supermarket at 7am and bought some lip gloss and handcream, some 'natural' snacks (nuts and fruit mixed with spirulina - that kind of thing!). They had 25% off all their clothing - so I picked up three pairs of jeans (two for work, one for home) and a belt - and saved the price of one pair of jeans. Bargain! I bought two pairs in a size 10 (UK) and one in a size 8 (UK). I moved down from a size 12 last year, but haven't had the courage to move to an 8 until now. The size 10 are big on the waist now.

Then I got the second bus. There was a lady on the bus who also runs - she talks too much for me to make her a real friend, but I can do it for the hour on the bus! She's a nice person - but doesn't stop talking!

There were so many holiday-makers at the run this morning that the race director asked if there were any locals, rather than asking if there were any visitors! At least 2/3rd were visitors. That's what it's like here - the populations swells massively in holiday season.

There was something going on in Helston which meant that the return bus went a bit early - so I missed it and had to wait an hour. So I walked to Costa and bought a coconut flat white - which was nice.

There was a lot of traffic around Penzance, which made the bus late - but it meant that I could get the little bus and go home via Zennor and the Penwith moors - very pleasant journey.

I bought a pasty for my lunch - vegan. Then I went back down to get shopping supplies for the next three or four days. I met a Buddhist friend, and invited her to go and have a coffee with me - which we did in a nice relaxed coffee shop close by. I just had a coffee. She had hot chocolate and a big slice of carrot cake. I have to say, it was easy for me to resist as I was still full of pasty!

Now I'm going to take my tea out to the front doorstep and have a mindful 15 mins.

I made a pledge (to myself) to do 3 hrs chanting today, Sunday and Monday (9hrs in total) - but I haven't even done any yet................ I still have time............ I just have to sit down and do it.

I texted D today (after a week), and asked how he was feeling. He replied that he was working and asked what I was doing. I said I had a day off and was chilling, had done parkrun, was going to get a pasty, and 'life goes on'. He hasn't replied to that (yet). I don't feel that keen now - I've been hurt by his inattention, and it's hard for me to get past that.

I'm going to have a Skype call with my grandson a bit later - I'm going to play Happy Birthday to him on my recorder.
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3/30/18 11:03 P

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I'm glad sharing and the discussion that followed was helpful to you. Re: dairy cream, "do the best you can, whenever you can..."

Have a parkrun tomorrow. Remember, you are a member of the Bys Vyken Race Team.

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It definitely helped. I shared what has been going on with D - which sparked a very animated discussion about relationships/partners etc. It was good. It was helpful.

I woke up at 5am, then pressed 'snooze' repeatedly until 5.30am. Even then I was up too early really! I did get up and put my running clothes on though - so the intention carried through into action. I had my coffee at the computer, packed my food for work, updated Spark, went for my run, had a shower etc etc.

It felt nice to have a slightly shorter-than-usual shift.

After eating sugar yesterday, I felt really hungry by 5pm. My stomach was actually hurting on the way home. But I had a cup of tea, and it's 8.20pm and I'm still waiting for the sweet potato to be baked enough to stuff it with spinach, chilli and cheese. I bought a single crusty bread roll to rip into! I have some raspberries and lovely sweet clementines to have for dessert, with some cream. Yes, dairy due to the lack of alternatives. I've got a supply of soft and firm tofu coming with my groceries next week - which will give me healthier options for 'cream'.

I am 100% determined to get to parkrun tomorrow morning - even if I don't get an early night!
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That sounds nice. I hope you felt better after.

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It was mostly positive energy - and I enjoyed the chanting together immensly. There were six of us (women) which was just right. I am tired now. Just having a decaff coffee (which I probably shouldn't) then heading off to bed.

I have done my on-line grocery order - it'll be delivered on Wednesday morning. That feels good. Back on track with the provisions!

I have rather a lot to get done before I go to work tomorrow. It's Sunday service on the buses, so I'll be getting the 8.40am bus, and be home about 6.30pm. I want to run, make lunch, shower, iron my clothes, send out an email, update 100DWL.

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He did not speak to being perfect. It was a little confusing because he was selling his newer book which is a 7-day jump-start diet that is very strict, for those 7-days. A few people asked a questions that I think were general that he answered in terms of the strict 7-day diet. I feel like Rip would be good with 80/20.

I understand the dread. That is a lot of energy you are inviting into your home. I'm hoping it's kind, caring, positive energy that lingers when they all go.

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Cheers! Yes, a truly plant-based diet, minus the c.r.a.p that sometimes sneaks in? although the 80/20 rule or the 90/10 rule of compliance seems to be commonly quoted - did he say anything about that? I think John Douillard says something like - do the best you can, whenever you can, and don't worry too much about being 'perfect'. You know me, I do worry (a bit!) about being perfect - and fail all the time, of course! I wish I could let go of that.

This is a bit far out, but I once had a 'message' from a spirit guide (delivered by a psychic healer) which was 'I am more perfect than she is; this is where she strives' followed by what I was told was a laugh. In other words, a best-buddy kind of a guide who knows me well enough to have a joke with me!

I dread all those people filling my house up.............. but I'll be OK once they're here. And I'll be glad when they've gone!

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I'll give the smashed potatoes a try sometime. I'm sure the edamame salad made it a full meal. A day away from hearing Rip Esselstyn talk my takeaway is that eating a plant based whole foods diet will provide all the nutrients in the right amount that we need. It just will. There is no need to worry about it. No need to track. The plants will nurture us naturally.

Hope everyone finds a place to sit.

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Hello Brian! Thank you. I've just cleaned off a couple of plastic garden chairs to bring indoors for the meeting - I'm a bit stuck when it comes to seating more than three people!

That potato recipe I made the other day was really good cold, with the edame bean salad on the side - it worked well. I'd make it again.

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Hi Mathew, nice to see you here. I've not done much except work in the past few days - my exercise and running have gone a bit to pot. I felt disheartened that this new guy that seemed interested in me now seems to have evaporated. It's hit me quite hard - harder than I thought it would.

I've just promised myself I will run tomorrow. I've just eaten a bag of 80g of Minstrels - it was payday, and they were hanging there in the Co-op with the word 'treat' above them................ doh!

It's just been hailing here this afternoon. I've made another cup of tea and come back to Spark. I've got one chapter left to read of 'Turtles all the way down' by John Green. Really gripping read! I'm working Good Friday, but then have three days off - which are very welcome!


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May hosting the Buddhist women in your home fill it with peace, ease and acceptance.
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Hi Gill, I'm just catching up with all your goings on, you have been busy :)

Hope you have a relaxing few days and your plans get done.

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Thank you, CHAZ2JOSEPH

It feels funny to be home after being away for 28 hrs (work + travel time). I enjoyed my first coffee at home.

I am feeling rejected to be honest - and that has taken my energy. I don't want to run, I don't want to open The Hive, I don't want to do anything!

I have a Women's Meeting (Buddhist) here this evening, so I need to get the place ready for that. Go and buy some more instant coffee and milk, and find things for people to sit on. It will be good to have that different company.

I've been paid, so I need to work out my budget, and do a grocery order on-line.

I think, now that I've updated Spark, I'll go and have a refreshing shower. That might help.

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OK, up at 5am, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, coffee, tea, milks all packed to go. Spark team updated. Showered, hair washed. Overnight bag packed.

It's raining.

Sun Salutations and a 3-min plank done.

See you tomorrow!
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7 is still a lot of days of work in a row. The edam bean salad would balance out the carbs to protein. I'm thinking of you over the lack of contact with Darin too.
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I did D22, but will take Wednesday off 30DoC.

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I mis-counted - it's 7 days.

Home now, eating dinner (chilli and couscous) at the computer (!), cooking up some potatoes to take to work tomorrow (Crushed potato with pumpkin seed butter) - I might regret this tomorrow as it's potato and oil, salt, pepper, chilli - probably too carby! But it'll be lunch on Wednesday at work (cold). It's end of the month - there's nothing to go with it ....... although I could cook up some edame beans and have them cold like a bean salad - extra protein? yes, might be a good idea.
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I got home at 7pm - it's already almost 8pm. Doesn't feel like there's any time for anything much - but I will fit out some kind of workout, even if only 10 mins.

As you can probably guess, no text or call from Darin. I feel like a deflated balloon!




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I know you have a heave 8 consecutive days at work. I'll be thinking of you.

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My alarm went off at 5.20 and I pressed 'snooze' (maybe the lost hour has caught up with me). At 5.30 I still didn't want to get up. I got up at 5.32.

Coffee has been made. Spark has been updated. Food packed (prepared last night).

Today I'm on the bus at 7am and will be home at 7pm. I've already decided not to go to my evening class.


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emoticon Take care of yourself Gill. Let's pause 30 DoC for a day. It works for me.

I'm sorry it was you who intercepted the large bag of chocolate. It was just too much to put on you at that moment. The chocolate was just a pause. And, you know how the addictive nature is going to linger. I'm sorry you have not heard from D.

I started thinking if J wants to hear from me about now ..... she was going to text me about our next date ..... sigh, I do understand ........

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It seems a long time since yesterday morning! I'm glad I went out for that walk in the sunshine - it's been raining all day today.

I'm dead tired after the work shift, then the team meeting. I didn't go to the Buddhist meeting - came straight home. Succumbed to chocolate at work (see my blog).

Feeling down because I haven't heard from Darin (yet). Then feeling down on myself for feeling down because I haven't heard from Darin! I don't want to feel like this. I'm tired. I might have a nap now that I've updated 100 DWL.

I did some Sun Salutations at work. I don't know what else I'll do today. It's 17.15hrs now ............. probably unwise to nap. Perhaps I'll listen to a healing meditation CD.



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Thank you for the recipe. I had forgot they were from Veganuary. Have a pleasant day and night at work. The walk to the steeple sounded lovely. Very peaceful.

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I made a lovely batch of those 'biscotti' cookies - even without my scales (batteries have died) - I added in a little cocoa powder and some orange essence. Delish!

The recipe was from Veganuary.

set oven for 170C
line a baking tray with baking paper

100g vegan butter/marg
50g coconut sugar
cream these together

150g plain g-free flour
50g ground rice
stir these into the creamed mixture to make a dough

roll into a log about 7" long (18cm)
cut into 15 rounds about 1cm thick
cook 20 mins or so
cool before serving

I usually make a half-batch.

They're excellent for my purpose - not too sweet. Coconut sugar seems very gentle to me - it doesn't trip me into a sugar-craving.

I was in bed by 9pm last night, and the clocks went forwards an hour.

I woke around 2am and figured that my bedside clock had changed itself, but my phone had not - so I adjusted my phone. Went back to sleep until about 7am (new time). I just did not want to get up and run. I lay there thinking until I knew what I wanted to do.

I got dressed, filled a flask with fresh coffee, and packed the remainder of my cookies, and set off for Steeple Woods. I was out by 8.30am. The sun was shining, and there was no-one in the woods (I passed a few dog-walkers on the way there). I had my walking boots on, and walked through a lot of very wet mud. But it was wonderful! I meandered through the paths and made my way slowly uphill to the Steeple - took me 40 mins to walk up - climbing all the way. They've started putting some cinder paths in, and some sitting places. There was a little notice posted by an old log with a message about Shinrin-Yoku and inviting people to stop and sit, and just breath in the atmosphere of the 'forest'.

I sat on the ledge around the Steeple where I'd been on Tuesday with D and enjoyed my coffee, my cookies, the sunshine, the sound of the wind, the view, and read a little of the (mindful) Walking book my brother gave me for Xmas.

I sat there for about 20 mins, then walked back down and followed the coastal path back to Porthminster Beach and home. It was lovely.

I did a few squats along the way - in deference to Darebee. But my lower back was achey after doing froggy/yogi squats with Adriene the other day! It's muscular and shows me I need to work harder on that part of my body to keep it strong & supple.

So, I'm off to work on the 15.40 bus, and won't be home until about 18.00 tomorrow. After my work shift (overnight) there's a team meeting, then I'm going to a Buddhist discussion meeting in Penzance. So, dinner, breakfast, lunch is packed. I've just had a chilli for lunch with a little rice.

I still 'want' something - I think someone mentioned jam! It's Sunday, so I think I'll have a marmalade roll with my coffee!

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You made a good choice with 30DoC. I'm sorry it caused you some stress. You did make it sound like you were cozy and comfortable. i can see why you wouldn't want to go back out and run around town doing push-ups.

Hope you enjoyed your gluten-free biscotti. (Ever since you started calling these biscotti instead of short bread cookies I've wanted the recipe ;) I had toast with jam with my parkrun coffee as my sugar treat for Saturday.

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I slept well, and when my alarm went off at 4.50am I thought of all the things I was grateful for.

I did several Sun Salutations with variations while my coffee brewed.

Updated Spark - and that's about it. Off to work.
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Later: home now and cooking a tasty veggie curry (my chosen carb is potato, in the curry, today). I have all my cosiest home clothes on - and I'm not sure about Darebee today. It's raining, cold, and I feel kind of vulnerable after an early start and 8 hrs at work. I might crack out that Jessica Smith DVD for indoor walking again. I'm in more of an Adriene kind of a mood, but, but........ hell, could I pause DoC again? I said I wouldn't, but..........hell. Might I have to do the day-swapping thing after all? Maybe.....

I think I'm going to make a little batch of my g-free, coconut sugar, biscotti-like, cookies for the weekend.

I've noticed that after about 24hrs I get quite profound yearnings to hear from D. I'm 'sitting with it' to see how long it takes to pass, or what it becomes.

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Thank you for sharing. You explained it perfectly well. I understand more fully now. I just needed a little more information to understand where you were at today. Asking helps me know you a little better, which makes me a better friend. You are good with the change of plans because you trust everything is going as it should with D.
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Oh, that's a difficult question to answer really - it's based on my Buddhist practice and understanding of karma. Today, maybe he'd have had an accident driving over, or the timing would have been wrong for us today etc. Maybe I needed today to chill out and watch that DVD. Maybe he needed to be the person driving that bus today. Or maybe he'd have caught this cold virus from me. I trust that everything is unfolding perfectly. I can't really explain it better than that.

I've had a nice day - productive and relaxing. And absence makes the heart fonder I think! I'll get that bunch of daffodils eventually.

I did a nice YWA session to wind my day down, which was good - root chakra stuff. Then I listened to Indie Love Songs on Jango whilst I had a hot chocolate.

I liked these lyrics from Chase Coy:
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It makes my heart beat fast
And though it's much too soon to tell
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The future's near
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I must have done something right
To deserve you in my life
I must have done something right along the way
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I must head for bed now - need to be on the 6.30am bus to work tomorrow - will be home about 5pm. Breakfast and lunch are packed. There's no S day treat in there, but I will make some gluten-free coconut-sugar cookies when I get home - and Saturday night is going to be my curry night! I have mini-poppadoms - that's my treat!

Today's food was: porridge with raisins and sunflower seeds for breakfast; half a pizza for lunch with a broccoli slaw, an apple and pumpkin seed butter; dinner was the the other half of the pizza with broccoli slaw. Hot chocolate (with orange essense, turmeric, chilli, soya milk, cocoa, a little bit of honey).

My BUJO is going well, all up to date. I will set up April's budget sheet, and May;s monthly & task pages tomorrow.


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Since D couldn't be there with you today, I'm glad you went outside and picked spring flowers for yourself. How was the cancellation the right thing to happen?

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It took me several hours to settle last night. I did a 'feelings mind-dump' by writing a letter. D has a challenge he doesn't know about today - I want him to bring me some flowers. Daffodils are cheap here at the moment. I feel I am being a bit witchy, but I am going to chant for him to (a) find a parking spot and (b) bring me a bunch of daffs.
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But first, coffee on the doorstep!

a bit later: coffee, Darebee, breakfast, Spark, shower, chant - just off to the shops!

a bit later again: I got everything I need, and a little more, with my last £15 - so that's good. D texted to say he had to go into work. I did a short blog about it. I think, because I had chanted about this date, the cancellation was the right thing to happen - and will be beneficial in the long run.

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It's nice your colleagues are being so genuinely happy for you. I'm wondering about the cost of this dating stuff myself. I'm not in the same tight money situation you and D are in. My wife and I lived in a small town and had very little money when we were dating. We took walks together almost every night. If we walked Monday through Thursday, we stopped at a local restaurant to share a desert.

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