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5/28/18 10:56 A

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Weight will go up and down. One piece of knowing how our emotions impact our eating is knowing sometimes it will just happen. Knowledge is power in this case. You also know your eating will get back on track and settle down. Your wieght will drop again.

Enjoy shopping for the curtain rods and such. You seem to be having a good time with outfitting your new home.

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I have been out for my long run - will post on the running thread.

I woke up too early for a day off - before 5.30am. But the birds were singing, so I made coffee and took it back to bed. After my coffee, I sat (in bed) mindfully for 15 mins and observed the familiar string of topics that occupy my mind. One of my mindfulness books suggests viewing them like carriages on a train that I see as I stand on the platform - and just notice them as they go by. I find it a helpful technique. It's pretty much the same train every day!
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The scale was up this morning - which is evidence that my slippage on the snacks front over the past two weeks is beginning to show up! That has motivated me to tighten up my habits again. I just had coffee and a breakfast bar this morning. Salad for lunch. Cauliflower and chickpea curry this evening.

My plan is to get the bus into Penzance and buy the curtain poles I need. The summer bus services have started, so I can take a longer route via Marazion which will be pleasant.

I'm only taking water with me. No snacks today.
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5/27/18 10:01 P

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Good for you turning down the shift. With everything you are doing moving house you need some time for you. A disturbed nights sleep even more so. The way St Ives is going and the goods and services available It would be hard to see there when retired. Not going into Penzance regularly and not going out to the other larger towns as you get older. I’m glad you picked up a new local walking map for yourself.

I hope the cold turn out to be nothing. Enjoy your new fridge and cook top. You deserve these things to be new at this stage in life. You don’t want to worry about them later. You raise is not enough because you are so under paid. 2 to 3 percent is raises all i’ve seen over the past 10 to 15 years. It’s something but really doesn’t keep up with inflation.

I hope you feel like taking that long run tomorrow. I see you did another day of Tota Abs, That will encourage me to do one too if I have the opportunity. My time is not all my own which is okay. But on Saturday I really could have slipped off and done a level 2. Holiday laziness is at work here too.

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Last night I was woken at 12.30pm by a party of holiday-makers having a noisy party in the hot-tub! Good job I didn't have to get up and go to work. I did have a text at 7.30 asking for someone to come in a do a shift - I replied saying that I really need the break from work.

I've packed a few more things. I spent an hour with CB and her hubby - didn't stay too long because I could see that they were both tired. But we had a laugh together and it was nice to see them.

I went out again in the afternoon to try and buy an A5 notebook for my next BUJO - and couldn't find one! That's how the shops in St Ives are - clothes, pasties, art galleries, and fudge shops! In the end I bought a plain-paper jumbo jotter pad from the post office which will do. Whilst I was waiting in the queue to pay I spotted the walkers maps and picked up a Penzance, Mousehole & Sancreed one. Yay! I then spent a chunk of time studying that map over a cup of tea.

I've packed a few more things up, put some washing out, did some radical cutting back of a large shrub that was blocking the path (garden refuse gets collected tomorrow), apart from that I've not done much. Eaten too much - I think I've been nibbling all day really!

I've got the beginnings of a cold. I want to go for a longish run tomorrow. There has been rain and thunderstorns in the UK this weekend - we've escaped the storms so far.

I've bought myself a frog charm for my bracelet - it represents transformation/transition. It's been on my wish list for a while, so I felt this was a good time to get it.

We have had a pay rise at last - 3% which won't amount to much, but at least it's a rise. It's back-dated to April, so there will be a nice bit of extra money at the end of June.

I'm looking forward to getting a new fridge delivered on Friday - and having the old one taken away!

Tomorrow I'm going to go and buy curtain poles. This is my next 'thing' for the flat.

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Thanks for popping in. I'll keep posting so you have news to read.

Time for dinner here - spaghetti, peanut sauce with garlic and chilli and some green beans; vegan ice-cream and nectarines, with some non-vegan no-fat lemon yoghurt because I've really been craving lemony things and grated lemon zest didn't hit the spot!
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5/26/18 12:16 P

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The story of the mom and the autistic son was interesting, It was nice of you to take an interest and get involved with them. It’s very hard situation. I’m at an age, losing my parents and thinking of my friends with autism spectrum kids. At work there was an assisted employee with Down Syndrome that I often employed on my teams. I remember when his parents passed. It was very difficult for him. He moved in with a sibling who lived very close to me. We would run into each other at the stores. Made him feel very good to run into a work colleague. Random memory.

You are doing very well with your move organization. Buying the cooker and fridge are big steps. Learning how the post and parcels work is good for you’re understanding. I hope the whind down of your time in St Ives is going okay as well.

Thanks for the Darebee update. I need to get over there. I’ve been bombed by old notifications. I need to sort it all out.

Take care. I’ll try to keep in touch. I can read your post (and do) easier then I can respond.

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5/26/18 10:45 A

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I was up early and on the bus at 6.30am to get to parkun in time.

It was a fabulous day - sunny, but not too hot - there was a breeze. Dry. Nice.

I had a really enjoyable run (posted on the running thread), and a coffee and cheese scone afterwards in the lakeside cafe.

I'm not seeing CB this afternoon because her hubby is coming home from hospital - only 48 hrs after his hip replacement operation!!!!!!! However, I'm going to pop round tomorrow mid-morning for coffee and hugs all round.

So, I'm staying home the rest of today. I'm tired, but in a nice way.

I've got some washing to hang out. I've bought a new cooker and fridge (I blogged about that) which feels great. Next up I'm going to get Linda Spangle's new book - decided on the e-book this time. I don't think I'm going to get as much out of this one as the original one, from what I've seen of the excerpts so far.

There's nothing else I HAVE to do today really........... so I'm enjoying knowing I'm not back to work until Tuesday!


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Phew - today was just a very long day. I took a few bits to the flat before work again - then popped in again after work to unpack some kitchen stuff. Just leaving a few bits and pieces of my stuff there is gradually making it feel more welcoming.

By the time I got home it was almost 9pm - so I'm not doing anything beyond enjoying a cup of cocoa, checking in here, and then heading for bed.

I will be up early tomorrow for parkrun - heading for Penrose.


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I like the four cornerstones too - it helps me to 'remember' different aspects of creating and maintaining a healthy life.

I didn't get much done before work today - up and out on the 6.30am bus to work.

I managed my eating urges better today - sticking to my three meals, and having a little fruit in-between (the same fruit that I would normally have eaten with my meal).

After work I went and spent an hour at the new flat - made a cuppa (which tasted foul - I don't know if it's the different water, or maybe I should have run the tap for longer), and ate my tea there - a sandwich, crisps, a jelly with raspberries in (all vegan). I unpacked a few boxes and transferred things to other boxes, so I could bring some of the boxes home to repack. I realised there's not much point in taking too much over there because it will just be on the floor in boxes until the furniture arrives - and probably make it difficult for the removal guys. I might move kitchen and bathroom stuff over bit by bit as I can put those away in the kitchen cupboards.

I'm looking forward to getting the curtains sorted out - it'll feel more private then.

That's it - off to have a bash at Darebee. Then another earlyish night - long day tomorrow again.

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Thanks, Brian.

I had an extremely valuable day.

Firstly, the person who wanted the tent said he'd be over in half an hour - he was over in an hour and a half actually, but it was fine. I ended up handing the tent to him over a wall because his satnav took him up the wrong street (all satnavs do actually as it doesn't recognise that there is a wall between the end of one terrace and the start of the next one!) He is going on a motorcycle trip to Ireland - and was really pleased with the Vango Cobra.

GH came over and we chanted together. Before we started, I told the two painters who were working in the house next door, so they wouldn't be bewildered by the strange noises coming through the window (windows and doors all open and a hot, sunny day). That triggered a lot of interested questions about Buddhism, and I gave them an introductory leaflet - they seemed genuinely interested.

It was quite a tricky endeavour to get boxes from the car into the flat - it's not easy to access because of the lack of parking spaces. But it did enable me to get to meet a few neighbours (all friendly) and the postwoman - who told me she has a code for the key-safe to get in, but parcels have to be delivered at the front door - so they'll buzz the flat. (I'm not sure how the door buzzer works yet). I also measured the rooms and the windows. The good news is that I can fit my friend's lovely squashy comfortable sofa in easily! yay!

GH and I had a really lovely lunch together in a super restaurant. We sat indoors as it was too hot to sit comfortably outdoors - but it's right by the Hayle Estuary and has lots of outdoor seating. I had a non-vegan portabello mushroom and goats cheese burger, with some skinny fries and salad. We shared a bottle of non-alcoholic fizz. I bought two apricot slices (made with oats and seeds) to take to SH's later in the afternoon - she loves that kind of thing.

GH dropped me close to the pathway into the dunes, and I walked up to visit SH in the beach chalet. We had coffee and apricot slices out in the courtyard sitting in deck-chairs - she sat in the sun; I sat in the shade.

About 6pm I got the bus back to St Ives, went into the shop for provisions. Outside the shop there was a local lad who has ?autism with his mum - he was lashing out at her, pulling her hair, threw his shoes into the road, threw his bottle of coke into the road, started pulling the shopping trolleys around. I stopped and asked her if she needed support. She didn't say 'no'! So I stayed with her until he'd calmed down a bit. I went in and got my shopping. When I came out, they were only a little way up the road, and he was still causing her problems. He's taller than her and kept going for her hair - to pull it. I've seen him out and about with his Dad a lot, but never with his Mum. I just stayed with her - tried to distract him by just talking to him. Basically she had to get him calm enough to agree to get on a bus or into a taxi to go home (up the top of town). Eventually, I walked over towards a taxi he'd been pointing at, and he followed me. It was still hit-and-miss whether or not he'd get into the taxi. In the end, I told him he was going to get in the taxi and I was going home, but that I'd wait for him up the road and wave to him as he went past. He gave me a 'thank you' sign and we said bye-bye. I walked up the road and waited - the first taxi went past - they weren't in it. I started chanting.......... the next taxi came up the road and there he and his Mum were, waving! Phew! I waved until he was out of sight. Poor woman - I have no idea how the family manage to cope with him..... it must be absolutely exhausting. When he was small it was less of a problem - now he is tall (maybe 15 or 16yrs old) and pretty risky to be with when he's lashing out. I was glad I was able to offer my support.

I'm tired now. I have two long work days ahead - then three days off. Just had a nice salad for tea - I'm giving up on the salad challenge - it's too much to think about. But at least I'm having more salad.

I'm getting quite overwhelmed with all the 'advice' that people are giving me - they're only trying to be helpful, I know. I 'should' go to the auction house to look for a cooker and not buy a new one. I 'should' go to the garden centre and get boxes - they give them away. I 'should' get venetian blinds for the kitchen. I 'should' plant kale and spinach in the raised flower bed. I 'should' go to the charity shop for curtains. I 'shouldn't' have got a loan, I should have borrowed from them.

They're all good ideas - I just don't need so many of them right now!

I was glad to get the measuring done. I know what size curtain poles I need, and what size curtains. I've also done a rough floor-plan so I know what furniture can fit where. I've only got two rooms to move into, so I'll put red dots on things that go in the left-hand room, and green dots on things that are to go in the right-hand room. So the removal guys know where to put things. The sofa will have to be a separate delivery - man and van job.

I think a short YWA for a good night's sleep is in order. I have to be on the bus at 6.30am and will be home at 6pm tomorrow, hopefully!

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5/23/18 11:17 A

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Taking time to sit is a good thing. Doesn't really matter if you calm the brain or step back and let it go. Get out of it's way so to speak. It also takes discipline to sit quiet. Be sure to breath conscientiously. (alternate nostril breathing if you really need to calm yourself)

Your mind is simply making more lists and being curious. You know the mail and parcels get delivered. There's nothing to be concerned about there. You are a curious soul. It's going to be fun.

Nice you can do nice things for your friends. Engaging with GH, using her nosiness to your advantage but also thanking her with kindness is excellent people management. ;)

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Thanks, MARYJOANNA - it does help me a lot. This month is 'Focus' for me - and is exactly what I need!

I am very focused at the moment - moving house and stuff.

I got home from work just after 8pm last night, and was asleep just after 9pm. I slept OK I think - and finally got up about 7am. My mind was flooded with a new set of 'problems' (which I did a blog about) like how does the post get delivered at the new place?!?!?!?!

So I made a coffee and sat on the doorstep for 15 mins. Just making myself sit, even if my brain doesn't go quiet, is a good discipline.

Today I'm 'doing good' by spending time with GH this morning - and taking her out to lunch as a thank you for her help. Then spending a few hours with SH who is over at Hayle in the beach chalet.

I spotted another 'want' on Freecycle which I can fulfill - someone wants a 1-man light tent for a cycling trip. I have a 1-person Vango Cobra tent only 2.1kg - perfect I'd say - I've sent a reply. I love Freecycle.

I started the day with porridge, with a pear, ginger, date syrup, soya milk, hazelnuts. I'm not going to be over-restrictive at lunch, but I'll make healthy choices. Dinner is planned to be a simple noodles and peanut-butter satay sauce type thing with whatever veg I have added (I have some tomatoes). I am actually craving cabbage - so will buy one today.


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I'm glad you are looking at these positive changes from your move. The extra time you gain from the short commute to work is valuable asset. I hope you have a little extra money every month as well.

You are doing very well embracing change. You stay on top of what you need to do, look for positives and still go for your run. Brilliant! Unfortunately, that energy has to come from someplace. Some will come from extra nibbling and the will power you might otherwise sticking to No S. The transition is temporary. It will be followed by acclimating to the change. Then it will be back to a new normal. You won't get too far off track in that time.

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I got to bed relatively early - did read for a while. Woke several times in the night - my brain is in over-drive over the arrangements for moving. That's OK. I got my running togs laid out ready for when my alarm went off at 5am. I woke up thinking 'oh no!' but I put the togs on and went out - and of course, it was great! Just a short run as I have to be on the bus at 7am (home about 8pm tonight).

I'll be glad when the travel time is knocked off my work shifts! 4 more weeks!

My weight is up a little bit - I've been nibbling stuff.

I've made a coffee but not had my quiet time (I ran instead). I'm taking another coffee on the bus and will enjoy a read before work. It's along day ahead.

Darebee is just flutter kicks - I can manage that today.

I'm looking forward to seeing money in my bank account and ordering a new cooker and some packing boxes.


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You are really on the move. It sounds like this is just the way it's going to be this week. Give yourself a pause, taking a wider road during this time. Intentional exercise might be hard to fit in. Do that which will help elevate stress as a priority. Remember, you don't have to be perfect but you always have control over what you eat.

You are doing great with your moving actions. Signing the agreement is a big step. It's worth celebrating. Glad CB took care of you in that way.

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Phew, it's been a bit of a whirlwind of a day - and lots of progress has been made!

I slept quite well at work last night. When I finished at 9.30am, I went to sign the tenancy agreement and pick up the keys.

Then I went down to see CB for about an hour - and she kindly gave me lunch - salad with some cheese and bread - it was really appreciated!

Since then I have arranged the date for removals, got the phone transfer arranged (which will include a nice new modem/hub for free), and the water account sorted. The other bills - electricity and council tax can only be done when I've moved.

I chased up the loan - and they told me the money will be transferred tomorrow. So - that means I can buy a cooker, and some packing boxes, arrange for my post re-direction.

At the weekend, I can go and buy curtain poles and rails, and curtains. That's all I really need to move in initially. The re-decoration and carpeting etc can wait until I'm in.

I'm feeling better now that things are moving.

I haven't done any formal exercise today yet - I might get Darebee done. I have eaten chocolate and a flapjack today - I know what Linda Spangle means now about 'emotional eating'! I feel genuinely 'hungry' in an unsatisfiable way! My menu plan seems to have gone right out of the window and I feel uninspired to create a plan for the coming week beyond breakfast bars, fruit, sandwiches!

Maybe this is just how it is going to be this week!

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Change can be like that. Once it starts you want it to just happen, not have to wait. It's the unfolding of the change that we should savor. I'm working on that myself. I had that same thought when I was reading about your run on other thread, a tour of St Ives. I hope this move is good for you.

Your Sunday morning sounds very nice.

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I slept well and woke to a glorious, sunny, Whitsunday.

I 'made myself' take my 15 mins on the doorstep with coffee - I am all a-twitch and finding it hard to concentrate. I got as far as "I breath in the constancy of the sun. I breath out calm"

It did help a little. I need to sit mindfully again today I think.

I went out for a run (see the running thread) which helped a lot.

Lots of people out and about, on holiday, in the sun. The sea was sparkling, paddle-boarders out, sailing boats, people in shorts and t-shirts. Very summery feeling.

I couldn't stop running this morning (and walking) - it was like I was saying 'good-bye' to the place. Imprinting it all in my mind. I've done this several times in my life. Really, 10 years is the longest I've ever stayed anywhere. So, it was time.

I made delicious pancakes for breakfast (lucuma and spice added to the mix) served with strawberries, coconut cream, chopped toasted hazelnuts and some coconut sugar. A really decadent, summery, Sunday breakfast treat!

I've got left-over curry and poppadoms for lunch, with frozen grapes. I'll take a sandwich to work, with fruit etc, and a breakfast bar for tomorrow morning.

All is well.

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Yes, I get a voucher to take to the paint shop and get given a free pack for a 1-bed flat - paint, brushes, rollers etc - I can choose whatever colours I want from the Dulux range. If I ever leave, I have to put it back to cream/white. It's pretty good, isn't it? You can change quite a lot inside the flat too - doors, handles, kitchens, floors etc - you just have to get permission (usually granted). OK to hang pictures, change lighting etc.

It's quite interesting to see who offers help, and who is actually willing to deliver on it. SH has said she'll help with painting, but she hasn't actually replied to my texts, and she is also rather forcefully opinionated about what I 'should' do colour-wise. Another friend who said she'd help with painting, just said 'it's easy - you just.......' and left it like that. So, I expect I might be painting on my own.

I have a number on my phone of a 'handyman' in Penzance whose card I noticed some time back. The right people will appear at the right time, I'm sure.

My Buddhist friends in Penzance and Lands End will be a great source of security for me as I put my roots down again.

There is a very active running club in Penzance, but they're into road-running rather than trail running - so not quite my thing. I'm looking forward to being able to swim in the lido (Jubilee Pool) when it opens - it'll be worth having a season ticket living that close to it.



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Darn these 5,000 miles ... I'd be on my way with my painting gear to help you decorate your new place. I'm even in practice with my painting skills. Do you actually get to paint it whatever you want?!

I'm glad you are accepting help from others. It's good to be aware of what motivates people and work that knowledge into a mutually beneficial relationship. GH will be a big help to you. Access to a car is huge in a move like this.

I wish you all the best.

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Yes, I've moved enough times to know how I handle it. I've got my action plan in place - it'll be fine.

You're right I'm very lucky to have a friend like CB to help me out practically like that.

I have another friend, GH, who is just (she admits it) nosey, and I'm letting her help me take some boxes over in her car so she can have a look around! That'll be Wednesday. She might also be able to drive via the paint shop and I can pick up the painting equipment too. I win because I get some help. She wins because she gets to get a good look at everything.

I still haven't got the money from the loan - they are quibbling about the format I sent my bank statement to them in - so I've tried again to send pdfs. Fingers' crossed!

The mobile phone didn't arrive at all - after speaking to three very nice but hard to understand people in India, I got to speak to an English person who found that the couriers had sent it back to the suppliers - she was annoyed with them, and is chasing it up for me. I'll probably have to re-start the ordering process. She said she'll sort the money out. Sigh - why is it so complicated?!

I am sore all round my ribs today - must be from yoga yesterday - warrior 2, peaceful warrior, side-angles and triangles - that YWA stuff is SO beneficial, I wish I didn't keep letting it slip! I think I still have 30 Days of Yoga on my computer, downloaded - so if I am without internet for a while, I still have that I can do.

This morning when I got off the bus at 7am I had an hour before work started, and it was a lovely morning, so I walked slowly along the sea-front - noting the runners and dog-walkers (not too many), and then sat on a bench looking out at the sea. There are some sea-swimmers who go across the bay each morning. It was high tide and flat calm sea this morning. I thought how I could do that every morning if I wanted to - take my 15 mins mindful coffee down there - it's only 3mins from the flat!

I watched most of the Royal Wedding on the TV at work with people I help support. I'm not a Royalist, but it was a happy occasion with lots of interesting characters to spot.

I fell asleep on the bus on the way home - my reading book actually fell on the floor of the bus and woke me up! I might have to have a nap. Or maybe do yoga? I think Total Abs might get left today as well.............. I've got some time tomorrow.

I bought some vegan ice-cream (Swedish Glace), and some strawberries on the way home - I'm planning a nice strawberry sundae after my veggie curry this evening!

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I'm very glad the flat was inviting to be in and agreeable with you. That makes it a whole lot easier going forward. It's a lot of work and uncertainty in the next month. In the long run it will set you up for a long time. It really sounds very nice. Or, once you plant a new lavender bush.

I spend a far bit of time contemplating my future housing. It seems so disruptive just thinking about it. I feel for you as you push through the decision making and action required to make it happen. I'm glad you could get a loan to cover some of the short-term costs. I imagine this will help your finances overall. I'm glad you have a friend like CB to step up and help you as well.

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Far too much of my day was spent on the phone and computer sorting out payments and chasing the non-delivery of the new mobile phone which I'm already being charged for! Panic payments for the new flat. Documents resent to loan company before they can release funds etc.

But, I did go and have a coffee with CB who paid for the coffees and lent me some emergency cash!

I finally stopped and did yoga. Now having a foot-bath and pampering my feet before going out this evening. Yes, I'm going - I didn't cancel.

Tea is shop-bought veggie sausages, with homemade curried beans and a tomato. Plus an alcohol-free beer.

It is the 24th anniversary of my Mum's death, so I texted my brother & sister.


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The flat was much nicer than I expected - very fortunate! I have no neighbours at the side, just above. The rooms are a good size. The outlook from the windows is good. I can see the sea from the living room window! And I can sit on my front doorstep and listen to the birds - it opens onto a paved garden area. I am near the bins but not too near. I have to get curtain poles, curtains, carpet, cooker. And paint.

It will be a very nice home.

I was home at 11pm again. I woke at 6.30 and brought coffee back to bed. I'm till in bed and it is 8.38! But, I can pretty much stay home today. I am waiting for the new phone to be delivered. I am supposed to be helping with the bar at The Guildhall tonight. I might cancel. I don't think I have the head space for it.

Yoga. Right! Yeah!

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I hope the flat has become your future home now that you have seen it.
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Agree. Nobody does it for fun or fad. The relief and regained mobility is life extending I'm sure.

Sleeping in, getting your full 8 hours of sleep, was a good use of your time. The other things can wait.

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I don't think anyone likes the idea of prosthetics like that - if he doesn't have it done he won't be able to walk. The bones just suddenly deteriorated. So far, all the people I know who've had hip or knee replacements are not vegan. One is vegetarian, but he eats a lot of dairy, wheat and sugar.

I was home at 11pm last night, checked my emails because I was expecting one - and it was a good gone - my application for a loan has been approved - so financial worries about moving are now put to rest!

In bed at midnight - woke about 8.30am. Went out for a run on the coast path - and did feel a bit sad thinking that I won't be running that soon. But there are other bits of coast path I can explore from Penzance.

Bit of a rush today - I've got to pack up my dinner for work and be on the bus at 1.30 today. This means an early lunch. Sleeping in till 8.30am has used up a lot of my day already! But I was grateful for the sleep.

A few people at work have coughs and colds at the moment - or are exhausted from over-working.

So - off I go to see my new home. Yes, it's not 'the flat' anymore, it's 'my new home' because I have to move. An empty house rarely looks cheery - but I'll put on my rose-tinted spectacles and try to imagine it with my stuff in it. I'm going to be looking for rainbows today (Day 74 of 100 DWL!).




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I'm sorry to hear about CB's husband! He's pretty active too ... I remember he bicycles. These joint replacements are great for people who suffer. I just don't like the idea of such invasive body-part replacements. Back to my Kyle Kranz exercises.

I hope the flat is inviting. Cheery and bright would be nice.

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I got home from work at 7pm, went straight to evening class, got back at 9.15pm, went straight to bed, woke at 6.30am!

Took tea back to bed and wrote morning pages.
Did my Darbee exercises, showered, washed hair, ate porridge - now off to CB for a couple of hours of Cornish work and chat. She's got a lot on her mind as her husband is having a hip replacement next week, and a second one two weeks' after that - it's all come as rather a shock to them both, and she has pain in her non-replaced hip joint now too.

Viewing the flat tomorrow afternoon, before work.

Today I'll be on the bus at 2.30pm and home at 11pm again.

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I expected that a late afternoon start meant getting off late. Back on the bus by 7am brings that working feeling back pretty fast. Have a nice evening whatever you feel like doing.

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Home at 11pm last night - felt really tired after my first day back at work.

Today - on the bus at 7am, home at 7pm, then evening class. Not a lot of time for anything else today.

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Today seems to be a good easing-back into work after a week off. Maybe when you get home late in the evening it won't feel like that so much. The morning sounded nice. Hope work was too,



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I slept a little fitfully because of my tooth grumbling. I woke at 6am and went straight out for a run. Then came back and did the Darebee stuff. It was harder for having had a break of just a day!

Porridge for breakfast, with banana, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, coconut milk.

I've got all my paperwork laid out on the table next to the telephone, waiting for my call from the woman in the housing office.

I've also got my Cornish study materials out because CB and I had planned to meet up this morning, but because I have to wait for the phone call we probably won't get together. We've both pledged to work at home on our own.

I told one of my older neighbours about my probably house move, and she was quite upset. She said I was 'one of the locals' now and that she'd miss me. I've been here 9.5yrs.

I've got a serious de-cluttering bug now - and am keen to chuck out anything I don't want to move!


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Physical rest and intellectual activity (planning) where perfect for you today. You had quite a weekend. It's nice to see you feeling good about it all.

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I enjoyed your parkrun story!

It's been warmer out than in today. But lovely to see the sun.

I had a tasty lunch - spelt spaghetti, a tomato sauce (onion, garlic, herbs, date syrup, canned tomatoes) with cut up green olives, and a vegan 'parmesan' made with ground cashews and pumpkin seeds, mixed with nooch and some paprika and pepper. Really yummy. Then I had some vegan ice-cream with Sweet Freedom choc-shot and some peppermint extract - very summery.

I've done a load of house-moving research and got a file together with all my tasks and dates - as much as I can anyway. So - all in order. I had two supportive texts from workmates who said they'll help me move and decorate. I think my friendship group is likely to change when I move to Penzance.

Inspired by your lunch with J I am going to have Ryvita with nut butter and orange & ginger jam for my dinner! I was supposed to have celery............. hmmm........
well, it's Sunday, and it's been a challenging weekend.

Menu plans for next week are done. Back to work tomorrow on the 2.30pm bus.

Not long until bed-time - I'm ready for sleep again. I am enjoying my current reading book - it's quite a light detective mystery story, but I'm getting engrossed in it. The time just flew on the bus yesterday morning because I was reading.

Thank you for your cheers re my run. I did manage to let go of worrying about my excess skin, and did think how brave I was. I stepped well out of my comfort zone - and it felt wonderful!



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You certainly did enough yesterday. The run alone would have been plenty. I'm glad you connected with the other parkrun volunteers and learned how to get your vegan cake. (I have a parkrun story for you ... I'll find the appropriate place to write it, but latter). There just are not enough words to describe how awesome your run was. I'm happy for you.

Your Sunday sound very pleasant. I hope the sun lasts. Glad you took advantage while you could. The move will come together for you.

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I made a curry sauce (onion, grated carrot, tomato paste, curry powder) to make my vegan pasty more tasty - it worked well! Then pretty much went to bed with a hot-water bottle and read for a while.

My upper left back tooth was hurting........... damn....... that's something else to deal with!

I woke about 6.30am and took my coffee out in the SUNSHINE on the front doorstep for 15 mins mindfulness. Still glowing from the achievements of yesterday!

Then it was so nice, I got my knitting out and sat there and knitted another square for my blanket.

I felt unsure that the weather would hold, so I got dressed and went for a stroll around town before coming home and making pancakes for breakfast.

I got the sun-lounger out and ate them outdoors - then had more coffee and read my book. Then my neighbour came out with her radio - and that was distracting, so I gave up and came in.

The house is kind of in an a bit of a muddle - running clothes to put away, washing up to be done, that kind of thing.

I need to make a start on planning how to move....... I'll feel better when I've got a plan started!




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It was a beautiful morning for parkrun, and I made my mark with the volunteer team. I didn't get vegan cake as there was none on display; I found out afterwards that you have to ask. I had another cake which was a bit disappointing - I left a quarter of it.

After I got home it started raining! I could feel myself trying to get out of the run. I went - see the running thread.

SH waited at the finish line and took some photos which I will get in due course.

I was cold, so had a hot shower and not tea. Now have a blanket wrapped round me too! I picked up my free vegan pasty, which I am going to heat in the oven, and make a curry sauce to have with it.

I don't want to do anything else today. I told SH about the flat offer.


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With everything going on around you, it's not surprising you couldn't sleep. I hope you felt okay today. I'm sure you did okay on adrenaline alone. But, you need a quiet evening to crash softly.

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Well, unsurprisingly, despite being physically tired, I hardly slept a wink! I gave up at 3.30 and made coffee!

I will need my free evening! I might even have a beer! A foot bath. A face pack (I have one - a peel-off seaweed thing). Music. Curry!

Time is slipping by; I must get up and ready to get the bus to Heartlands.
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My Buddhist friends were very positive about the house move. I'm already feeling better about the pressure to make a decision - thanks for the calming vibes! Big changes are always unsettling. It ticks all the practical needs boxes - and summer is a good time to be moving and re-settling. I just need to work out who to ask for financial help, and how much I need. Fortunately I have at least two friends who are financially well-solvent.

I will go and view it next week - then decide. If its 'go' - then I'll go into planning mode and do a gantt chart! That visual planning works well for me with complex things like moving house.

I have to be up early for parkrun tomorrow to get there in time for the '30 mins before the start' briefing. There is a cafe there - and I have discount with my Bys Vyken Race Team membership card - so I could get a coffee beforehand maybe. Hopefully it will be a lovely sunny morning!

The volunteer group (Friends of The Guildhall or FOG!) that I was doing the bar with kind of wound up last year. The Town Council decided they wanted to run the bar - something to do with contracts and profits etc. So we wound it up more or less. Then we had, what's happened this time, when FOG had stocked the bar and got all the volunteers organized, then were told that the event promoters were organising their own bar. That's what's happened this time. We were asked to provide the bar - then told that the company supplying the booze would run the bar (and take the profits of course). All a mess!

The band that I played recorder in seems to have faded away too - I played once this year at the St Piran's Day parade back in February. That's it! Very sad - but that's how it is. So two of my local volunteering activities have dropped out of existence pretty much. Maybe it's because I'll be moving to Penzance?! I can volunteer at the music/arts venue there, and perhaps join their crazy 'traditional' folk band. There's quite a vibrant Cornish language and alternative scene in Penzance - pirates and piskies!



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Perfect, horrible, what you really want or not, that news on council housing is very disruptive. I can hardly imagine the emotions and pressure you are feeling (I will send calming thoughts and metta). You will be okay regardless of how it turns out. One step at a time. Resist thinking through all the 'what-ifs'. You know that but also need to hear it. I hope you can talk it over with the other Buddhist women. Be sure to talk about how you feel about relocating and the pressure of making a decision. You really don't need a discussion about comparative real estate.

I hope this brings you happiness.

The hike sounds ... well it sounded wet. I'm sure it was lovely. I had to smile because when I'm stuck hiking in the rain I really notice the flowers and little forest things with more. I hope you warmed up and shook off the tiredness.

You hadn't mentioned the bartender gig. It crossed my mind that you hadn't done it for a while when I was writing about possible realigning of your tribal affiliations in the running thread. Sorry you will miss the music. On the other hand, I think you will have done enough on Saturday.

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Gosh, my guts didn't appreciate the porridge!

I set out for my walk on the 9.47 bus from St Ives - so started walking about 11am. It rained relentlessly, and so I plodded along in my rainjacket and waterproof trousers. Didn't meet another soul! The wild flowers were very vibrant in the rain - bluebells, pink campion, yellow gorze/furze, and fields of yellow buttercups. But I struggled a bit - didn't feel 'full of the joys of Spring!'. I decided to wear my walking boots - which was the right decision as they are waterproof and I had to walk through puddles. But about half-an-hour in, my guts started giving me grief - air in my intestines I think - very uncomfortable. That lasted the rest of the way.

I turned off at Redruth and walked to the road to wait for a bus - and one came along right away - which was a blessing. I dozed on-and-off on the bus back, and my belly settled down. Poor intestines! Fancy dumping porridge in it after two days of fruit! Silly me really.

I did have the avocado, banana, Nak'd Bar, oatcakes for my lunch - about midday - sheltering under the ruined walls of an engine house at South Wheal Francis. Considering it's 7.5miles, it seemed a very long way today. I was thinking that if I'm going to do a 12-mile run in December, that I should be able to run this walk, and some! That didn't seem do-able at all! I've got plenty of time to train. I need to get Saturday done first!

I got very cold when I was out too - you know when you can't quite grip with your fingers - can't undo zips and poppers etc? I lose the strength in my fingers. I did manage to prise my bus ticket out when I got on the bus - I had thought I might have to ask the driver to get it out of my bag for me!

I stopped at the shop on the way home and bought the milk and cookies for this evening's meeting - and then added more cookies for myself, some vegan ham, and some crusty bread - yes, a carb-fest! I had two 'ham' and pickle sandwiches, and half the packet of shortbread. Don't tell anyone! I had a 'pause'! It was quite deliberate - I 'needed' it. And it was partly fueled by the knowledge that my weight was 108 this morning!

When I opened my emails I saw that I'd had an offer of a flat in Penzance on the Council scheme. That resulted in some emails and phone calls - and a lot of pressure - they need me to view next week, bring in all my financial evidence etc, and, if all OK, pick up keys the following week. This is difficult because it means I'll have to pay for two properties for about six weeks. I'll have to ask friends if I can borrow money. On the other hand, it does mean I could take six weeks to move gradually, which would be good.

I don't even know if the place would be suitable - it's so very, VERY, hard to get a place, I feel I must take it unless it's absolutely horrible. It's right in the centre of town - so very convenient for everything. It's just shaken me up a bit. Good that I have the Buddhist meeting tonight - maybe I can talk about it.

I hope it's not raining and cold tomorrow for the race. The sun is shining now.

I feel SO TIRED I could just lay down and sleep right now. But I must get my house in order for my guests tonight.

The bar volunteering on Saturday night has been cancelled. Probably a good thing - although I'd have liked to have seen/hear the music.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 5/11/2018 (13:29)
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Well done navigating through your two-day juice fast. It's always an accomplishment to do those. Porridge is good on a cold morning. Your changes in meal plan are all good. I'm excited to hear about your walk today!

I hope the Buddhist Women's meeting goes well again today, with some good connections.

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I slept well, but woke to a cold, grey, very windy day that looks like rain! But I'm all packed up and ready to go on my walk. (I found my photos from last time - July 2015 - far too long ago!).

I was 108lbs this morning, and because it was so cold, I really didn't want the carrot and orange juice I'd planned. So I've had porridge!

Also, instead of taking a salad box with me to eat out today, I've simply taken an avocado, a banana, a Nak'd Bar, and some oatcakes.

I'm glad I did the 2 juice days successfully - but I don't need to make today hard for myself - so I'm being mindful, but drawing a line under the juice. I am thinking it might be good to do it every month - if I have two days off which 'fit'.

I have a Buddhist women's meeting here tonight - so will stop at the shop on the way home and pick up a small carton of milk and some fruity oatcakes to offer my non-vegan/vegetarian friends.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 5/11/2018 (04:05)
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You're right - I do have that feeling of openess to possibility!


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