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5/10/18 11:53 A

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Hold on to the feeling of openness to possibility that Darin brought out. I feel for you.

Then there's that darn DPD! I guess things aren't that different in the UK then here in the US. ;)

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I slept really well last night - it was cold, and I had a sweatshirt on, and a fleece blanket over my duvet - I didn't stir until I woke at 6.15am!

I took tea back to bed and did my morning pages. I can kind of 'feel' that Darin has gone............ I do feel sad, but I'm OK too.

I'm feeling a bit 'grounded' today as I have to wait in for DPD to deliver my new phone. The app still tells me it's on it's way to the Cornwall depot.

I've done Total Abs. I've updated 100 DWL Spark page.

Breakfast was 'recovery angel' - orange, mixed berries, banana, yoghurt - I added some maca. It was luscious!

I've got washing out on the line - the sun is shining a bit, so I'm taking a coffee outdoors and finishing a library book that needs to go back tomorrow.

I've got my sewing project to complete, and a whole lot of other things I can do - but knowing that I have to stay is uppermost on my mind!

I will run after the phone has arrived.

Later: still waiting for the phone to arrive

Lunch was another 'vegan protein power smoothie': pineapple, apple, avocado, banana, mint, spirunlina. Lovely :)
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14:18 - DPD tell me my delivery is 'delayed' and will arrive on 11th May. Not helpful. I've chosen another delivery date - Friday 18th. So - out for a run, right?!
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The run was done. Tea was drunk in the sun. And my third smoothie was a 'strawberries and cream' variation: strawberries, yoghurt, lemon, ginger, apple juice, lemon balm (CB mistakenly picked lemon balm, not mint; I wondered why I couldn't taste the mint!)

I'm going to pop down to the shop and pick some bits up for tomorrow's salad lunch - I'm heading out for a 7.5mile walk around The Great Flat Lode, part of The Mineral Tramways network. I'll start & end near Heartlands (South Crofty Mine).

I've blogged about this in the past - a long time ago - and did have lots of photos - it's a very photogenic place! The best memory I have is when they 'lit' all the engine houses and re-created (a bit) of how it would have looked when they were all working mines. It was an amazing sight!
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emoticon It takes discipline to stick to a juice fast. You are doing great. I wouldn't worry the coffee and hot chocolate any. I hope Spring comes back for the weekend. Summer is expected to swing by for Sunday and Monday. It probably won't be back until July.

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I felt hungry this morning - but forgot about it whilst I was at the Buddhist meeting - although I did accept a small coffee.

I only had 15 mins to prepare 'lunch' before meeting up with SH at 2pm. I made a smoothie called 'The Quickie': strawberries, banana, yoghurt, tahini, which was nice and satisfying.

This afternoon I had another small coffee with SH. For 'dinner' I still felt I needed something substantial, so I had 'Vegan Protein Power Smoothie': pineapple, apple, avocado, banana, spirulina which was nice.

It's turned really cold here again - we are all wearing jumpers and layers, and I've put the heater on! It's raining this evening. I am going to get into bed early, and have a hot chocolate drink to end the day. I'll add some ginger, nutmeg and turmeric with the cocoa - make it with oatmilk - might even add a drop of date or maple syrup.

It feels good to have done a day of juices/smoothies - even if I wasn't perfect in having the coffees and the hot chocolate.

I've been to the bathroom a lot!

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5/9/18 12:25 P

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That is great news! How nice that your son and family will come visit you. It really will be a time for lasting memories to be made. I'm very excited for you.

Enjoy your detox!

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I slept well last night. Woke early. Did my morning pages. Put the washing out. Did all my Darebee stuff. Spark was doing 'maintenance' so I went and got dressed.

Have made my first juice - dreamy detox (from Jason Vale 'Keeping it Simple': apples, lemon, cucumber, celery, ginger (I added a pear too). Green, refreshing, tasty :)

Now I think Spark is OK, I can go and update 100 DWL.

Ooh, good news! My son and daughter-in-law, and grandson are going to come down for a week in September - staying over at Hayle Towans in my friend's lovely chalet. I have that week off too, so some lovely memories will be made!

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5/8/18 8:24 P

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I'm eating cleaner and feeling unusually happy on the inside!

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If he makes you unhappy, or any of the negative emotions in the article, then perhaps ...

Detox may help with the recalibration on many levels.

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I got all my groceries.
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CB gave me some mint from her herb garden, so I am all set up for a juicy day tomorrow! I

I sat out in the garden with tea and a book this afternoon. Then worked on my hat!

For tea I had a soup made with miso, onions, mushrooms and some buckwheat noodles, then blueberries & soya yoghurt. The yoghurt has a little sugar in it, but I decided it was better to be vegan with a little sugar rather than have dairy with no sugar.

Evening class was quite good this evening - we made it constructive

Now going to make a hot chocolate drink (oat milk) and head to bed with my book.

I sent Darin a text asking if he was free to join me for a walk on Friday. That was about 7 hrs ago and he hasn't replied. I am wondering whether I should give him the boot. Just read an article on Having Time which made me think.....

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Yes, it felt good!
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This morning I thought I'd slept in - but it was only 6.30am. I took a mug of tea back to bed today and did my morning pages. I felt a bit low first thing, but feel better now I've been out for a run (see the running thread for the low-down)!

I came home and had a bowl of porridge at 11.30am (breakfast) - to which I added a tablespoon of maca (for the energy - maybe?) and a tablespoon of cocoa (for the treat - and maybe something nutritional) and a tablespoon of almond butter (for the fat and protein and mouth-feel), and I topped it with blueberry milk! I had had just a smidgen of blueberry sugar-free jam left in the jam jar, so I poured some oat milk into it and shook it up - it made a pretty pink and fruity milkshake to put on my porridge.

Then a shower to wash off the mud (that reminds me - I must clean my trainers!) - then another coffee and Spark.

Happy Day!

I am going to have lunch, then go and get my supplies for at least two days of juicing. I'm not sure my budget will run to three days, so I'm buying the ingredients for two days, and will see what I have left for Friday - there's always produce left over after juicing isn't there - so I will probably be able to do Friday, or perhaps a smoothie and a soup. I'm ready for this.

I'm busy with my creative work on the fancy dress costume - enjoying this immensely.

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emoticon Hi! You did a great job making your own holiday cheer.

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5/7/18 3:31 P

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Hello!

I've had a lovely day. It's a Bank Holiday here - so lots of holiday visitors and a holiday 'vibe'. I went and spent a couple of hours with CB this morning - doing our Cornish studying over coffee and chat. That was good.

I walked back through the crowded town, past all the people eating ice-creams and pasties - so I made my lunch a bit special (posted on the No S team page today). And was blessed with about half-an-hour of sunshine to sit in the garden and enjoy my lunch, read my book, soak up some rays! Then the mist descended again.

I've worked on my fancy dress project this afternoon. Done my Darebee stuff. Cleaned the house a bit. Not sure what else - time has gone. It's 8.30pm now.

I think I'll do my ironing before I head to bed tonight.

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Your holiday came up on me by surprise. Wonderful that you re off for the week. I hope the week bujo helps you to plan and stay on plan. Don't want you to feel overwhelmed for the whole week. Can't wait to hear about the exciting plans for running and walking.

I'm trying to get caught up at work and in my life after a busy weekend. I'm keying on your talk of early bedtime ... I really like the sound of that! emoticon

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I was in bed by 8pm and read a-while. I slept straight through to 7am despite there being some noise next door.

I've woken to the same blanket of sea-mist/fog and it feels cold. Probably bright sunshine in Pezance - but I'm not leaving St Ives today.

I've just flipped a perfect pancake - it's gluten-free flour with some apple grated into the mixture. I'm topping it with chopped walnuts and date syrup. Yum!

First day of my holiday and I already started feeling overwhelmed! The week doesn't feel long enough, and I have a lot of things milling around in my head. So I did make myself commit to a week-long BUJO so that I know what I'm doing (and what I'm not doing!).

I've got an exciting run planned. And two long walks that I haven't done in a while. I've planned my three days of juices and smoothies for Weds-Frid.

I woke up feeling stiff around my hips after doing the 50 mins YWA last night, and Top to Bottom Workout on Darbee. YWA had a deep froggy-squat - I think that's the main 'culprit' Still - feels good to feel that I've worked the muscles a bit more strongly than usual.

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I did! Posted on the running thread, the Community Thread, and over on Darebee!

I woke up at 5am to another foggy morning and didn't feel I wanted to get up and run right away - so I took a cup of tea back to bed and did my morning pages - then went for the run.

It was great to get that done before work.

It was brilliant sunshine, and hot! in Penzance, but foggy when I got back home again this evening. I've got a blanket round myself at the computer - it feels cold because of the fog - soon I won't be able to see the tree in my garden - it's getting thicker by the minute!

I've eaten, and am seriously considering a very early night with my library book and a warm drink. Some of my muscles are stiff from doing 50 mins YWA last night. Today's Total Abs are 'just' planks - so that'll be easily completed.

I'm tired. It's good to know I have a week off. I am going to do something I haven't done before with my BUJO and plan out the week's daily tasks etc.


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Yup!

I didn't have naan bread, or beer. I had some mini-poppadoms instead.

I saw Darin this morning - the bus I was on went past one he was driving - it's always nice to see him.

A sweet young woman arrived just after 6pm and took grateful delivery of my unwanted sewing machine - Freecycling.
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I can't get the bus until 8.40am tomorrow (Sunday bus timetable) - so I reckon I can fit in a run before work - I want to enjoy running in those new shoes. If I go out early, the place will be deserted (except for runners!) - I might run twice round town to make it 30 mins.


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We all deserve more love in our lives. And it's up to us to spread it around.

I didn't get to be until after you got up. I was glad to know you slept well despite being woken by the neighbors. Hope work went okay and you get all those things done this evening. I did my Day 5 before parkrun.

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Oh, how lovely to find a rose here for me this morning - you are such a sweetie! Thank you!

I got my head down by 9pm last night, had some disturbance from the dear neighbours, but went back to sleep again - surfaced a few times, but good enough to get me through the day today. I woke with the alarm at 5am and got straight out of bed - washed and dressed - so no risk of getting delayed!

Coffee is here - I've got another in my carry-cup for the bus. Breakfast bar and pear for breakfast later. Lunch is a vegan cheese & pickle roll with cress, and some radishes, plus a pear for afters, and because it's Saturday I have a bag of Hummus Chips (crunchy munchies made with chickpea flour) - and I chose the plan lightly-salted ones, not the exciting flavoured ones. Well done, Gill!

Everything has to happen this evening - I should be home by about 4pm. I have Darebee to do, and a 50min YWA (Self Love) lined up. I will have my curry - and possibly a mini-naan bread, and an alcohol-free beer! I am looking forward to my vegan ice-cream treat too - with some frozen berries. Saturday - yum!
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Thanks for starting my day off with a bit of love - I appreciate that.
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Have a good day today (Saturday).
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Goodness, where has the day gone?! It's gone 8pm already, and I haven't eaten. I don't think I'm going to eat curry now - I'll make it and have it tomorrow evening. Think I'll just have an apple with some nut butter and then make tomorrow's food for work.

I just lined up a nice YWA video - but it's 50 mins, so that'll have to wait too!

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Cathy has not been back to parkrun since our date. She was a regular before. I don't know if it's coincidence or me. It was just coffee so I'm okay with it.

J and I have a long list of signs of connection. We both have large dinning tables with six chairs, and each chair is a different color. The introvert/extrovert thing seems like a big difference, but we really have more in common then not. I think mostly we are in very similar places in our lives. We give each other what we really need right now.

It will be good for you too have a pair of road trainers. Enjoy!

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I did wonder what had happened to Cathy. You haven't seen her at parkrun?

I like these little 'signs' of connection - like embedded carbon.
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I think we're both aliens actually.
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I have had one shift in perspective, I realised that now I'm more cool about it, it's OK for me to text him - because it's MY need to connect, and he doesn't mind getting the texts. But I don't have to expect a reply - my text messages are my gifts to him. That feels like a helpful way to think about it.

When I went for the bus to work yesterday (Friday) he was driving the bus. That was nice. When I was on the bus, I wrote 'KISS x' on the palm of my hand - so I could flash it at him as I got off - everyone says 'thank you' to the driver as they exit the bus - so there's a moment there. I said "Thank you, my handsome 'ansome' ("Me 'ansome" is a local expression) and held up my hand quickly - he saw it and laughed. I saw him again when I was walking up through town, as his bus went past - he waved again.
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He's gorgeous - I like him a lot. No idea when I'll see him again.
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My alarm woke me up at work this morning - 6.15am and I really didn't want to open my eyes - and I had a headache! I got up and got dressed, took headache pills, made some coffee and started the day.

After work I picked up my new shoes - the runners are SO comfortable I want to wear them all the time - but I've been very disciplined and put them in the cupboard with my running shoes (I have my shoes hanging up in cotton bags). My oldest pair of Merrell Pacer Gloves are starting to show signs of falling apart! So I'm going to need the new ones. They're road-running shoes, not suitable for mud and trails. So I'll keep my newer pair of Pacer Gloves and my Five-Fingers for the mud and trails, and use the Skechers for pavement running.

I bought a pasty on my way home from work, so it would be there when I got back from my run. I didn't eat breakfast today - didn't feel hungry. I enjoyed the pasty (very hot chilli!) with tomato and avocada, followed by grapes. I've just re-discovered the joy of frozen grapes and am making sure I always have a container of them in the ice-box!

I've got some vegan ice-cream for the weekend, and frozen berries. It's nice to feel 'stocked up' properly at the start of the month.

I bought an anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law - 35 yrs. That's gone in the post. After lunch, I went down the library and picked up some new books. They have a 'detective' theme going on, so I got two murder-mysteries (not my usual choice, but willing to try something different).
'Agatha Beaton & the Witches' Tree' by M C Beaton
'Lemon Seas' by Neil Beadmore

I don't have much else on my list today - I have some back exercises to do for Darebee. I'm having a curry tonight - nothing amazing - just some borlotti beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, coconut milk, cashews - I don't have any other veggies I can put in. I think it'll be OK as a bowl meal - like a curried stew. I don't want carbs - the pasty was my carb-ration for the day!

I've got to get the 6.30am bus tomorrow - so a relatively early night is on the cards for me.

The Lily of the Valley are blossoming in my garden - I brought a few stems indoors and the smell is amazingly powerful.

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Embedded carbon, how romantic. emoticon If you enjoy the time you spend with D, and the text exchanges then there is no reason you shouldn't continue to see him. You may need to keep shifting your expectations. After my date with Cathy I didn't see a romance in the making, but there was no reason not to continue seeing her. -- I don't think she saw it that way at all. I haven't seen or heard from her since. emoticon -- There is room in our lives for lots of different relationships. We might as well fill those places with people we enjoy being around.

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Our common ground is definitely our introverted nature. It's nice that we can talk about food. He doesn't drink soda - he runs on water when he's driving. Coffee in his breaks. We both have a pull towards carbs/sweet things and agree that mental control is required!

We both have a piece of carbon embedded in us - he has a pencil lead in his hand, I have coal in my knee. He sets his alarm for 2hrs before he needs to leave, same as me. Similar morning routines, except that I probably squeeze in more exercise. Similar need to chill out alone after a day working in 'service' jobs.

We had a nice time together, but when we parted, I did joke "see you in about 6 weeks!"
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We'll see.............

I woke up at 4am today - I was wide awake, so I made coffee and sat out on the doorstep for 30 mins - the birds were singing, the gulls flying back and forth, the moon still nearly full - it was so peaceful......... magic.

I've done some laundry. Cleaned the hallway. Written my morning pages. Done my Darebee exercises. Had a shower and hair-wash. Had breakfast. Updated 100DWL team page. Now going to make another coffee and go and do some chanting.

I have to be on the bus at 3pm today - home tomorrow after work. So I have a nice chunk of time. My intention is to do some Cornish studying. I might also manage 10 mins more in the garden. I have to pack up some food for work. I've got somewhat different foods today - for lunch I'm going to try making a dip with tofu, nooch, garlic, and have that with some raw veggies (caulflower and radish), with fruit for dessert. Then for work I'm going to take a pasta dish that I hope will work cold - red lentil penne, with a nut-butter satay sauce and soya beans, with dates and walnuts to finish off. Not my usual fare for work, but it just 'came to me'.

So - that's me! I'm feeling good right now - calm, peaceful. I'll have time to chill out and just read for a while too I think. I hope I'm not too tired by this evening.

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I'm glad you had a nice time with Darin today. Hopefully diet is an area where you and D can find some common ground -- even if it really means you can inspire change in him. You had an awesome run again today. You are doing great in that area of your habit formation at the moment. I hope feeling down was just a passing thing. Sleep well tonight.

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Gosh, I woke up feeling down this morning - no idea why really. I went down and made coffee, did my Sun Salutations, wrote my morning pages, went for a run. Came home, had a shower, went shopping. Darin came round - he didn't want lunch. It was a good to see him.

I've done my Darebee; got the laundry done; food packed for work (4.30-9pm today).

Darin and I discovered we are both prone to wanting sugar/carbs - and have to use control over that. I told him about No S. His system is not to eat during the day - not sure how good that is long-term. I did send him off with a cocoa-orange Nak'd bar to snack on later - hehe - small nudges towards change.

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You always have the choice to improve yourself Gill, even though you are pretty perfect just the way you are. I will not SEE a whole lot of improvement, too much lose skin emoticon I know I'm improving. Now when I do these exercises, I can feel the abs engage. I don't even have to channel Adiene's voice telling me to engage the abs -- although she's still there.

You will enjoy your smartphone. There are soooo many geeky things you can do with it. ;) I like the RunKepper app, but admit I'm tempted to move to Strava which ties directly into parkrun.

My vegan girlfriend has a big impact on my plant-based commitment. You should serve Darin a veg burger. Feed him your best omnivore-friendly plant-based food. It will be good for you in the long run.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

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Aw, you're so sweet! I am small, but there's a lot of tightening up that could improve things a lot!

I'm working through my list in a very exciting way! I've just decided, finally, to risk signing up for a smartphone! It's a cheap, good deal and I'm sure it will change my life! I knew it had to happen eventually.
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I'm sure your new girlfriend's interest in vegan eating is helping no end with your vegan commitment. Darin is not vegetarian - I'm thinking of offering him a vegan burger for lunch tomorrow, including the bread and the fried onions. I have tofu, mushrooms and spinach tonight. And at the big grocery store I came across some new Ryvita (which I love for the alternative to bread - and for the crunch!) which are 'protein' rich (rye flour, pea protein, red quinoa, sesame seeds, salt). 2.1g of protein per slice (packs of 4 = 8.4g of protein for the cripsbread - not bad, and no wheat). I think the quinoa and sesame seeds might mostly be stuck on the outside of the cripsbread.

I love my May Spark page - and the profile picture keeps giving me a surprise! I like it!

I have done a load of good exercise, been to a Buddhist meeting, spent time waking and talking with someone who needed to talk, taken delivery of a month's supply of groceries, done my budget, ordered a new phone, renewed my garden waste bin subs, changed my bedsheets, mended the hole in my running socks, listened to a programme in Cornish, filed my nails, updated my BUJO.

I've had several cups of tea! Earl Grey is on tap this afternoon!

Now I have to:
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- check May birthdays and anniversaries
- plan my 3 days of juicing
- shine my sink (Fly Lady)
- sew the sleeve edge on my cowgirl shirt

But first, I'm going to eat my vegan, low-carb, dinner - yeah!

I'm keen to go for a run on the beach tomorrow - must check the tides.

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You do have important things on your list. Luckily they go well with a rainy afternoon. Make a cup of tea for the task.

Day 1 is done. Well done! I'm sure a month of workouts focused on abs will result in change. I have doubts that the appearance of your abdomen really needs much improvement. You always look lovely in the pictures you post.

I like your May focus. Sometimes we need to lean into our established habits and challenge ourselves all over again. I'm pretty clean on the vegan side. It's the No S that I need to work on. Unlike some 'diets', It really doesn't take extra work!

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Hi, Matthew! It has just started raining here (2pm) and there's that rain-on-dry-earth smell in the air. I've done all my outdoor jobs, so, yes, I am going to work through my list. I've renewed my garden waste subscription.

Thanks for popping over to read my journal.

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Hope you have a productive day, Not a cloud in the sky where i am, hope you have a similar clear day down your way.

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I seemed to cough a lot through the night. I woke around 5.30 and made a coffee, did my Sun Salutations, and got back into bed to write my morning pages. Doing these pages have been very helpful - although I do find I feel impatient about taking the time to do it - it takes about 30 mins!

I have done Day 1 of Total Abs - I did Level 2 which felt about right for me. I am curious to see whether I can improve the appearance of my abdomen. I woke up knowing that this month will be about tightening up my diet; the No S habit, the vegan choices, learning more about Ayurveda, and getting back in touch with smoothies and juices.

The groceries will be arriving between 3-4pm. I have a longish list today - important things like my budget, paying bills, menu planning etc.

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A couple new pairs of shoes for summer will be a treat. They a useful/needed too so win-win. Enjoy your day off and the Buddhist meeting. I hope it warms up for you.

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I have ordered two pairs of shoes - they didn't have my size in stock. One pair of summer shoes, and a pair of running shoes (Skechers Go Run 400).

There was a really cold wind here today - in fact, they've just said on the radio there might be a frost in some places tomorrow.

I had soup on my menu for tonight, but on the way home I wanted something kind of more - so I bought some spinach and cauliflower and cashew nuts, and made a curry! No carbs with it - I had a very bread-filled weekend. But I did treat myself to a bottle of 0.5% beer (Brew Dog Nanny State hoppy ale) which I am supping right now!

I had a lovely run when I got home - before I did anything else. I've had tea - so now I'm going to do that grocery order that I didn't do yesterday.

I have a day off tomorrow. I am going to a Buddhist meeting in the morning. I need to get a lot of menu-planning & shopping type jobs done tomorrow.

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I had the same experience getting up today. It doesn't really matter how mellow the weekend was, getting back to work is more difficult. The mellow feeling stayed with me after I was up. I hope it was the same for you. Having lunch ready to go is a big help. Enjoy shoe shopping. And, one-line grocery shopping too.

The weather here is supposed to improve through the week.

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Getting up early was harder this morning after two days off work! But I prepped lunch and stuff before I went to bed, so it wasn't too bad.

It's payday, and I'm going to buy some summer-weight shoes for work today - with a lady I support who also needs shoes. We're going to go shoe-shopping together! This may well be after work, as I'm working with someone else from 8-3.30pm today. Unless someone can cover for me - we'll see.

The air is cool out there, but the sun is shining golden on the horizon - it might be a nice day..........

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Your Sunday really did sound relaxing. 11 hours in bed?! It really is hard to grant that kind of time for ourselves. Walking Rosewell Hill, reading in the sun lounger, the whole day was relaxing. Well done! I think the first and last are often the best in these series. I hope your meet up with Darin goes well for you.

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Ooh, and I finished reading Silver on the Tree - and I think this one, and The Dark is Rising, are the two best books in the series. A wonderful read - and considering it was written in 1977 it's like the script for a really great video game!

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I had another fabulously sunny, relaxing, day off from work. I took a simple packed lunch up Rosewall Hill - it was windy up there, but I found a nook and sat up there for ages doing nothing much but looking at the view and the blue sky. No-one else appeared - totally had it ALL to myself! I read a short book. Ate my lunch. Snoozed a little. Then walked back down.

I bough vegan ice-cream on the way home - it was nice! I sat out on my sun lounger again - reading.

Guess who texted at about 3pm? We are meeting up on Wednesday morning. Not sure what to expect really. There's a full moon in Scorpio tonight - I'm having an early night!

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Well! I got about 11 hrs in bed, and although I surfaced a couple of times, I have to say it was very nice to be allowed to relax so very thoroughly.

The sun was bright first thing and I enjoyed 15 mins with coffee on the doorstep. I then spent 30 mins writing my morning pages and found that I talked myself round to accepting that D is really not worthy of me - it's almost 6 weeks since we had a 'date' and despite the texts, that's really not good enough for me.

I'm obviously disappointed. But I'm OK I think.

I've hung some washing out on the line. The air is quite cold, but I'm packing up some lunch and a flask and heading out up Rosewall Hill. I will explore a bit more widely today. I'm taking a short book to read too. I'm going to continue with my 'relaxing' theme today!

This afternoon I plan to have a bash at making my shift for the fancy-dress outfit. The race instructions came through yesterday. The first 1/2mile is on the sand at Porthkidney, Lelant - so I want to get some more beach-running practice in. I am fortunate to know the course, so I know that I can take it steady for the sand dunes, and I know where the steep climbs are, and where the flats and downhill sections are. I'm getting excited!

It's also payday tomorrow - I'm going to buy some Sketchers to wear to work in the summer months, and, if I have enough money, I'll buy some new runners too. I might try some Sketchers 'run' - they're good for road-running surfaces.

I can also do my on-line grocery order - which is always a fulfilling task.


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I've had a wonderful day, I really have. It is so unusual for me to be able to 'do nothing' and feel good about it! I might even head for bed early again - catch up on some sleep! Even though I've not spent much time with Darin, he has made me re-think the whole sleep thing. He works very early shifts sometimes, and gets to bed very early - about 7pm. Also sometimes sleeps on a day off. I tend to squeeze sleep in around other things. Anyway, I doubt I'll change that much, but I did think about getting to bed really early tonight!

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I'm glad you are enjoying your unhealthy food day. That's much healthier then fretting about it yet doing it anyway. Lazing about in your sun lounger sounds lovely. I have enjoyed a Saturday like that this Spring.

How great parkrun buses went so well this week. That makes a big difference in your Saturday. Enjoy your pizza!

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I am glad I did get to bed early - because my neighbours woke me at 1.30am. I'd already had 4hrs sleep. I counted down from 100 and went back to sleep - I don't know if they were up all night - either they went to bed, or they were quieter than usual, or I just slept through it!

It was a dry but cold morning. I was out on the bus at 6.30am, then waited at Penzance bus station for the next bus. I saw one of my parkrun companions getting on the bus going in the Heartlands direction and wondered if there was something I didn't know.............. and when I got to Helston there seemed to be no evidence of the parkrun being set up, so my doubt grew stronger! However, by the time I'd been to the loo and walked towards the field, there were people here and there. Phew!

It was quite cold at the start, but I ran in just a t-shirt and leggings and was fine. It's the air that's cold - the sun is hot. I ate my overnight oats on the bus home, and drank my coffee - well fed; no money spent!

I picked up groceries on my way home, then as it was sunny, I got my lounger out and spent the rest of the day (until 4pm) on the sun-lounger! Reading, just lazing, drinking tea - it was the first time this year that it's been nice enough to do that. Also there has been no-one home next door all day, on either side of me - so I had the place to myself - peace and quiet! When they are home there's always the background noise of their conversations and radios etc. It was a really lovely relaxing day. Perfect!

I ate crisps and Snickers at lunch-time. Saturday at last gave me that freedom. It felt good to have a bit of a pig-out! I've got a basic pizza for tea too - which I'll top with mushrooms and garlic and have with some salad.

Yesterday I had scrambled tofu and stir-fried cabbage & onion for dinner. Today is a kind of 'unhealthy food' day! hehe!

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Hope you sleep well and have a PB sort of day at parkrun. Three long shifts in a row will tend to make you tired.

You are doing great staying consistent with your Darebee amazon workouts. When May 1st rolls in on Tuesday I'm really going to struggle to meet my level expectations.

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I must get to bed early - Parkrun tomorrow. I've got to make a jar of overnight oats to take with me on the bus journey. My coffee cup stands ready.

I'm tired. I'm even skipping Darebee tonight - it's 8.30pm and I want to try to get a decent chunk of sleep. I think the rain today hasn't helped.
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Darin texted - it's getting more frequent!

I was in bed by 10pm, but still didn't want to get up with the alarm at 5.15am. There was a risk of falling back to sleep, so I got up and got dressed before doing anything else.

Food is packed for work. Coffee is drunk. Spark is updated. I've been taking a thermos-mug with me on the morning bus to have a second coffee - it's getting more elaborate! Today I added a squeeze of Sweet Freedom choc-coconut syrup, and a teaspoon of almond butter! Well, it's Friday........... and, it doesn't matter really. It's very comforting - kind of keeps me company I suppose.

I have that 'just get through the day' kind of energy right now - make a list and work my way down it!

I added a few extras to my breakfast-to-go as well - some raisins, a few pumpkin seeds, and two raw truffles!!! Such decadence! Lunch is a wholemeal roll with a walnut & bean 'burger', raw red onion, vegan mayo, and an apple. I think I've packed enough food entertainment to keep me amused today!
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I'm already making plans in my head about how to cope with going to Penrose Parkrun tomorrow morning if it's raining like this again!

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I applaud your good nights of sleep. I get the pleasant dreams then busy mind thing. I have read the running thread and think you are awesome!. Muddy, but awesome.

For creative projects, you need to work on your activation energy. There's a Mel Robins video for that. emoticon

I thought about making a raw truffle for desert tonight ... then I made my day simple. I packed an orange instead. You go and enjoy your truffle.

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I had a lovely sleep full of happy dreams - but woke up with a very busy head thinking it was about 7am - and it was only 5am! So I did my usual - got the coffee, came back to bed to write my pages and stuff.

Then I went for a run (see the running thread for my thrilling report!).
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I really should get a smartphone to take some photos whilst I'm out!

Came home and washed all the mud off with the water from the outdoor water-butt - then had a lovely shower. After that, I ditched my plans for porridge, and went for toast and vegan cheese with spicy ketchup! Then I decided to have more toast and had almond butter on it. The slices were small, so I didn't really overdo the eating, but I did, effectively go back for 'seconds' so that's another RED day for me!

I went and spent 3hrs with my good mate, CB, and we got our heads together and made a study plan for the next 12 months - aiming for an exam next May. That felt good. She and her husband are off to Amsterdam tomorrow for a week, so she gave me the flowers she'd had in a vase in her house - they're now gracing my house.

It's been warm and sunny, but with a cool wind. Rumour has it that rain is on the way later - the grey clouds are there. I've managed to wash and dry two sets of running shoes and leggings - thank goodness! I was a bit worred that I'd be running in wet shoes on Saturday - although I still have my Five-Fingers is I need them.

I made a kind of veggie couscous for lunch, comprising the left-over chunky lentil soup. I had some ribboned courgette on the side, with a garlic/lemon dressing - it was nice. Then I made a dessert with frozen berries and silken tofu, some Sweet Freedom fruit syrup - that made a perfect sunny afternoon treat. I ate my lunch at 2.30pm out in the sunshine.

I've rustled up some little raw 'truffles' with raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, oats and cocoa. They're in the freezer - I had two with my after-lunch coffee. I made them to fill the emotional 'need' at work tomorrow (another 10hr shift with lots going on).

Now on to my sewing project.......................yeah! Once I get started on creative work I love it...... just getting started is the hard bit. So. Here I go!
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My goal is to be able to post a photo of the completed skirt before I go to bed tonight!

I could fall asleep right now to be honest......... my eyelids feel heavy. I'll put some bright music on.

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In all honesty, it wasn't hard at all to get out the door - I was desperate to get out there!

I did make the burgers - they're more like patties really, a bit too soft to qualify as burgers I think. They're in the fridge. I'm not eating them tonight as I had a 'blip' and ate chocolate chip cookies on the way home on the bus after work today. I had walked away from a chaotic situation and was feeling frustrated (angry even), tired, and hungry. I took the half-packet of cookies that had been left-over from the team meeeting today which I didn't go to as I was on-shift. I had refused the offer of a large slice of cake this morning (also from the meeting). But the cookies got me at the end of the day.

I didn't get to bed until about 11pm last night - and I woke at 4.20am - so about 5 hrs sleep at most. But as my alarm was set for 5.15am I decided to get up and make coffee and take it back to bed and write my pages. I needed to write them and it felt good to do that.

I had my breakfast bar at about 9am at work. I ate my lunch at about 1.30pm, so I suppose by 6.30pm I was pretty hungry + tired + irritated = recipe for disaster!

When I got home I made a mug of tea and flopped on the floor for a while. So tired.

Because I have eaten the cookies, I am not going to eat anything else this evening. I am going over to Darebee to do today's workout, then I'm heading for bed. It's already past 8pm.

Day off tomorrow - so I don't need to set my alarm.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

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