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6/15/18 12:40 P

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I recommend a few sun salutations if nothing else. The tea sounds nice.

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I bunked off a couple of hours early today - I wasn't needed. I caught the little bus that goes over the moors - that was nice.

I am so tired! I have put my togs on and am going to do some yoga. I don't have a mat......or a lot of space now!

I also have a big mug of tea.

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6/15/18 11:51 A

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Milestones take all different forms. I'm glad the late night bus rides are behind you. It will be great to get home early when you work late. emoticon

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6/14/18 6:45 P

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Yes, I am!

I've just done my last late-night bus journey.

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6/14/18 6:18 P

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Bit by bit you are getting it done.

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I had egg sandwich for lunch - 289 kcals and 17g protein. I can see why it works to eat eggs! It won't become a habit, but it was interesting to compare the numbers with a protein bar!

I had two parcels today. One is my new home hub/modem, the other is the John Douillard book - this will be my reading material for the next few days!



I had a coffee with CB this morning - we sat down by the harbour in the sunshine and did each other good!

Ready for work now. GH is coming in her car and we are taking a few more things to Penzance.



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Thursday - only a few more days and I woke up feeling really anxious this morning! Phew! I've taken my Valerian tablets, and am going to have a lavender footbath before I do anything else. I think it's the 'last minute' feeling I have now. Just gotta keep on going forward, one step at a time!

I did manage to have a box of nice dark green salad leaves with some hummus for dinner at work last night, but also had a packet of plain crisps, and some dried fruit and nuts. I also accepted two sweets from a co-worker, and then had Ryvita and Marmite at 11.30pm when I got home!

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6/13/18 11:04 A

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Things will fall into place for you. Delivery people have there way of finding you (When I lived in a small town the UPS drivers knew your home, your work and your car. I once had a package delivered to me as I walked down the street. emoticon ) Don't worry about all the rules while you transition. A new routine will emerge in no time. I do agree with the idea in your blog. You can buy healthier convenience foods staying in control in that way. I'm following your advice .. "There are some short videos on YWA." I felt rushed this morning but still wanted to do yoga (3 day streak!). I did Day 10 from 30 Days of Yoga -- 12 minutes of sun salutations.

My son moves out of his apartment next week. He's stressing about it. I've given him a few pieces of advice gleaned from your experience. Main idea is start doing little things now.

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6/13/18 3:46 A

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Another good sleep. I woke about 6.30, made coffee, and am still in bed! It's 8.43.

I must get up!

I am going to a Buddhist meeting this morning, then work 3.30-10pm. Late home.

Very focused on just cracking on with the packing and cleaning. Had plans for yoga, but not sure if I will get it in.

There are some short videos on YWA, I know......will check them out. I need to do Something!
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6/12/18 1:58 P

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Well, considering I was on the bus from 10.35-11.15pm I think sleep was acceptable (I wasn't the only one asleep that's for sure - there was a young man who I know is a chef - he was asleep when I woke up)

Today went like a dream - I'm tired, but it's all going to plan.

After lunch, my friend went to choir in Carbis Bay and I walked back to St Ives. I got a text to say my bracelet was ready to collect.

My curtain poles arrived just as we were loading paintings into the car - so I was there to sign for them.

The drinks date was cancelled this evening because one of the ladies has her new grandson coming over - I was relieved! I did buy some cans of Gin & Tonic, and Pimms, in case SH wanted a celebratory drink - but she was too tired too.

I've had a nice dish of stir-fried veggies for tea - with some cashew nuts. I'm off to evening class soon, then will probably get to bed earlyish.

I just ordered a couple of books from Amazon to be delivered to the new address - I'm apprehensive about this as I don't know where they can leave things if I'm not in - guess they take them to the post office (hopefully!). Perhaps they will fit through the letter box - the postal worker knows the flats - there's probably a system.

I'm not very No S at the moment - I had a slice of vegan chocolate cake at lunch, and am having a dish of mango sorbet with my tea! I feel I can justify it at the moment. I just set a new intention to lose 7lbs by this time next year.

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6/12/18 12:08 P

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You have good reason to be tired Gill. I'm glad you are sleeping ... maybe not so much on the bus, as when you get home :D. I guess a few winks on the bus helps too. :) Stay mindful with SH ... and have an enjoyable time together.

My neighbor down the lane is taking small steps towards the raw food. She told me yesterday that her new food dehydrator had arrived.

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I slept most of the way home on the bus last night! Then slept all night.......... woke up with a slightly stuffy head, but got up and went for a run - yay!

Had a BIG mug of coffee on the doorstep in the sunshine, got stuff ready to go to the tip. I'm accepting help from SH today - she's been a friend for a long time, but she does stress me out these days........ I have to be careful of my energy when I'm with her. We are going to the tip, then having lunch at Birdies - so that'll be a nice 'pause' in proceedings. It's very kind of her to help me move stuff and I'm grateful to her.

Since I put the colourful curtains up, the flat feels more like 'home' - funny, eh? I'm really looking forward to making a new Vision Board.

It's sunny and hot again today, but we have strong winds, rain and even hail forecast for the end of the week.

Eating is getting a bit 'functional' - this morning I just had Ryvita with peanut butter and ginger & orange fruit spread, and some strawberries. This move, and the summer weather, is leading me back towards more raw foods. No bad thing for this time of year. My first 'make' in my new home might be a batch of date and nut raw truffles!

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6/11/18 11:54 A

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Yes, maybe tomorrow.

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I slept ok last night. I have a long day ahead - off on the bus at 9.30am. Getting the cooker wired in this morning - then working at 12.30 - finish at 10pm - back to St Ives for 11.20pm. Day off tomorrow - things to do, but don't have to be at work.

Almost all packed here now.................. I'm on track.

I took all my pictures off the wall last night - didn't realise how many I had! I've asked my friend, SH, if she is willing to do a car-trip over tomorrow to take them to the flat.

I woke at 6am and took coffee back to bed and updated Spark - but didn't go for a run. Tomorrow?
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6/11/18 1:25 A

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I met my step-Mum at the house on Saturday. She has sold it and is in the process of moving as well. She has a very different personality to you, but the effect of moving is much the same. Next time I see her will be at her new place in Queen Anne.

I'm glad you got some sleep at work. This will pass and you will be settled in your new home. Good to hear it's starting to feel more home-like.

I haven't done much intentional exercise other then hiking in a couple weeks. Both of us will eventually work our way out of it. Until then gin and tonic, and mango sorbet just might have to do.

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6/10/18 10:35 A

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I slept pretty well at work last night - I was so tired!

I'm feeling very tired. When I did my weekly timesheet I saw that I'd worked 44.5hrs this week just gone. I just posted a blog about my Sunday morning buying some window-coverings.

I'm feeling very un-rooted - and have to keep going with the packing up and clearing out here - am on-track with it all.

I think the Valerian is working - I just want to sleep! I'm wondering if it might be worth taking the time to do that now - or whether to try to sit mindfully to find out what I really need.

No run is happening today - I don't have the mental energy to get started with it. Yoga might happen. But I have bought some gin and tonic, and a tub of mango sorbet - that might have sealed my fate!

I'm going to carry on packing boxes. It has to be done. Then clean the bathroom. I've bought a new shower curtain to put up when I leave - all nice and clean.

The flat feels more like 'me' now I've put up the coloured voile curtains - partly because I feel more private I suppose.

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6/9/18 6:21 P

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I'm glad the camp out at the new flat went okay. I can't imagine being comfortable sleeping on the sun lounger. It's nice to know the doorstep was okay for mindful coffee. I hope the rest of your transition goes as smoothly as it has so far.

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6/9/18 9:46 A

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I've got myself some herbal/flower support in the form of Valerian for stress, and Rescue Remedy for all the other emotions that are running through my veins!

The transition will soon be complete - my frog charm has not been attached to my bracelet yet - I popped in to check and apparently she's overwhelmed with work. I said I'd check in again next week and if it's not done I'll take it back (and find someone else to do it!)

Right - off to work! Back Sunday sometime. I need to buy cheap curtain poles for Monday morning installation along with the cooker. Because my 'good' wooden poles haven't arrived yet - and I need curtains up.



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When I left work at 10pm on Thursday I did feel a bit vulnerable & anxious about going to the flat. But I got on with it - I fixed a red fleece throw over the kitchen window; set up a little table lamp on the counter; ran a bath with relaxing lavender; lit a candle; set up my bed with my torch beside me. It was ok. I didn't have a solid sleep, but I certainly got some sleep.

I was apprehensive again about sitting on the doorstep my pjs, but wrapped the throw around myself and had a mindful coffee. It was more than fine - it was peaceful, the birds were singing, the air was fresh, there was no traffic.

Friday was a long day, but I had nice teamies. I was shattered when I got home and it was past midnight before I got to bed. Now I'm on the bus to parkrun.

I am struggling a bit with the mental energy required to remember where I am, what I am doing! I almost felt like a visitor in my house last night because so much of 'me' has been put in boxes!

I am working tonight, another sleep-in, so am aiming for Sunday morning!

I am also practising typing with my thumbs!

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6/7/18 10:45 A

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You have a packed work schedule these next couple days too. I'm glad the Race for Life was rewarding. It was nice people stayed behind and cheered as you finished. You did a good thing with that. Thank you!

Hope camping at the new flat went well. Want you to have a good experience on your first night ... if it isn't, just remember you were virtually camping out in the place. emoticon You can have it both ways.

Life will settle down and it will be good.

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You are right, keeping occupied is probably not a bad thing at the moment.

I was able to spend some quality time at the flat yesterday whilst I waited for the oven to arrive - I tried out sitting on the new doorstep with a coffee - it was OK.

The cooker arrived at 9.20am - so I was able to get the bus over to Hayle and had time to go and buy some new towels before I went to the Buddhist meeting.

The meeting was good - it was all women; we had a very stimulating discussion about communicating from the heart. I stayed for an extra coffee afterwards. I could feel myself shutting down a bit by the end - too much social interaction.

I bought a vegan Thai curry pasty for lunch which I enjoyed eating 'on the street' whilst I waited for my bus back to St Ives.

On the way to CB's I had time to go to the library to return a book, and to go to the post office and do my mail redirection thingy - all sorted.

C and I just sat and chatted over coffee. She's also a bit 'messy' at the moment because of her husband having had the hip operation (second one today!) and all the attendant caring and re-organisation that requires. We didn't take the covers off the sofa - decided to let the removers take it with them on - then take them off and wash them afterwards. The arms have to come off the sofa to get it out too - so I expect C & I will tackle that next week.

Back to Penzance for the Race for Life activity - it did turn out to be 'work' in the fullest sense of the word because I had two women to look after - how they got right the way round I'll never know. One is very overweight and doesn't speak much - she just stoically plodded the whole way, motivated by stroking the next dog she saw (she loves dogs - and they love her!). The other one has high anxiety and kept wanting attention - so from time to time she'd limp and say she couldn't walk - then she'd get distracted and the limp would completely disappear. Half way round I dished out 'treats' which were fruit leathers in fun wrappers with cards inside - amusing. We were the last - quite a long way behind the rest - and did the 5k in about 75 mins. The tail walker was not exactly a park-run kind of a person, she was trying to be kind, but she kept talking in her radio and telling HQ that we were 'only' at the 3k mark etc! Then of course they were taking the course markers down behind us as we went.......... the first aid guy on a bicycle was the nicest - telling us we could take our time. There was a nice cheer at the end. It was jolly good for them actually (they never usually do much exercise at all!) and I was really, really proud of them for what they achieved. Afterwards we went to the pub and had a drink. I was then cutting it fine for my bus home and had to run to the bus station - I made it!

When I got home I wanted to eat something crisp like crackers - but I didn't - I went to bed. My feet were tired from plodding!

Today? Well, I have to pack up to keep me going until bedtime Friday - I'm going to be at work today until 10pm, then staying at the flat, then doing a crazy shift tomorrow from 7.30am to 10pm (I picked up an extra shift, so it's my fault!). On Saturday morning I'm going over to Heartlands parkrun to marshall (finish tokens) and enjoy a vegan cake and coffee!

So - I'd better get that food sorted to carry with me to work!

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6/6/18 12:25 P

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You did book a busy day today. It might be good in the long run to stay busy. I understand what you mean about not being comfortable when 'over scheduled'. These days my mind tends to just shut down and not allow anything else in when I feel over booked.

I hope all these activities bring you peace and joy. They might.

I liked your blog.

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I went to Cornish evening class last night - that was good.

On the way home, I passed by the launderette and picked up a few leaflets from their tourist information display - about places I might now be able to enjoy.

I thought I'd never get to sleep last night - my mind was just wide awake - but I did drift off eventually.

I still have a mild cold - it's not heavy. I have a busy day ahead and I feel like I've tried to schedule too much in, but it's worth the effort to get it all done! (I've done a blog).

No exercise done yesterday (other than walking and life in general), and probably none today either (apart from a slow 5k walk tonight).

Right now I have to get over to Penzance to take delivery of the new cooker.

Perhaps I'll buy myself a bunch of flowers to put in the window of the flat......... that would be nice.

Then I'm going to dash over to Hayle and join GH and friends for a coffee and Buddhist chat, then back to St Ives to help CB take the covers of the sofa, then back to Penzance to support two women I work for/with to do the Race for Life. Actually, it's quite manageable - I just don't like having more than two things scheduled (I just realised this!).

I am going to buy a pasty for lunch today - I do want the 'comfort food', but will have it as a legitimate meal. Also I'm starting to find it difficult to plan my meals now. I have been having some nice salad meals most evenings. Last night I made a nice dressing my mixing some beetroot pickle with tahini and Balsamic vinegar - and water - it was good!


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It's okay to feel sad and hurt.

Keep looking forward in all aspects of your life.

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Yes, I'm being forward-looking as much as possible - this is one of the benefits of being a Sagittarian AND born in the Year of the Horse (wood horse) - I can generally move on pretty well.

I have been making notes in the back of my pocket-diary of all the ideas that come to mind - I've quite a list. On my way to work, via the flat to drop things off, this morning, I walked down a very quaint street I'd not been down before - and saw that it had a Town Trail plaque - so the Penzance Town Trail (I already have the booklet from some years' back) is something on my list to do.

When I got the bus home this evening, the driver was Darin. He lives! As I got on, I said "Hello, Darin. Life goes on......." and almost at the same time he said "Hello, how are you?" I went up onto the top deck and sat on my own near the back of the bus - I couldn't believe how upset and hurt I felt. I didn't anticipate it being painful.

When it was time to get off there was a stream of people, and I think he had his head turned talking to another bus-worker out of the driver's window - but I didn't look, I just walked off and away without looking towards him, and without looking back.

I bought more salad and goats cheese, and some gluten-free black-pepper crackers. I ate a lovely salad, some of the crackers, and had four dates stuffed with almonds for dessert. I didn't try to ease my hurt with chocolate or chips. This is good.

Off to evening class now.


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I'm not challenging my mind enough. I started and then stopped mid sit-up. It was more boredom/lack of discipline then physical.

Seven hours of sleep isn't bad during these long days when it's still light out when we go to bed. I didn't do that well. I was arriving at the grocery store at 9:00pm.

Oooo ..... that library has interesting lectures. I love the way you are embracing your new home.

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I got my head down before 9pm last night, tossed around a bit with the muggy heat. Woke at 4.30am, then was reluctant at 5am to get up!

It's overcast and grey today - who knows, it might burn off and be hot later, or it might rain - it's so unpredictable.

No exercise has been done this morning. Shower, hairwash, coffee, Spark - all done and now it's time to run for the bus!

I've finished my book - it was SO good! In Penzance, as well as the public library, there is an independent library, Morrab library, which I'm told is wonderful - I think I'll join that - something special to be part of.

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Yes, I agree with the total abs - I've done L1 quite a few times out of boredom more than anything else. Consequently, I guess I'm possibly not challenging my abs enough. I'm looking forward to trying the new add-on Back and Core next.

Off to bed - with a cup of tea and my book. It's still daylight (well, it's daylight again when I wake up - but the days will start getting shorter again an about three weeks' time!)

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I like your dressing. I've made a lime-cumin dressing several times the past few weeks: lime juice, oil and cumin ... maybe some prepared dijon mustard ... I don't remember. I'm glad you have found something new to inspire your workouts. Total abs is proving to be hard and also unmotivating when I'm unmotivated.

Enjoy the end of you book. It sounds gripping.

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I've switched up my exercise by doing Blogilates this month - boy, it's tough! I can't do all the exercises without modifying and/or resting! Good stuff. I needed a switch.

I haven't done Total Abs today. I may get it done tomorrow before work. I've got an early start, but am heading for bed early and hope to be easily up for 5am.

I made a nice salad for dinner - beetroot (cooked), diced pear, spring onions, tomato, cucumber, lettuce - a dressing which included cumin, mustard, lime juice, hot sauce, date syrup, olive oil and a little Greek yoghurt. I had a toasted roll with garlic rubbed into it - nice.

I've made a batch of breakfast bars and added pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, vanilla, maple syrup - gone crazy!

It's weird sort of running down supplies here - I've still got almost two weeks, but want to kind of clear things out. So - time to pack my food for breakfast and lunch at work tomorrow, clear up the kitchen - pack one more box of books, then head for bed to finish that book!

On the bus at 6.30am tomorrow - home about 6.30pm - then there's evening class. So I don't think I'll fit in a run - in fact, unless I get a really strong craving, I'm not even going to try!

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The 'good nights sleep at work' is a wish. I'm never too surprised that it wasn't. I did have hope that your head cold would be better. Glad you are taking some time to recharge before launching back into list building. You do have a lot to do. But, you are handling it very well. Enjoy your book.

Exercise is probably just what I need right now. I have simply lost my momentum. I'm thinking of starting back in with Total Abs just at level 1. That is probably what I should do.

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Yes, it was nice to have Sunday morning at home. I didn't sleep well at work and did wake with a thick head again. There are two people at work who have very sore throats...... it's a battle against the bugs!

I started the day with Green Tea with Peppermint, to break the coffee thing. I did follow up with a decaff instant later, but at least I started right! Now that I'm home, and feeling weary today, I did brew myself a mug of STRONG coffee!

I feel like slumping today - but must keep plodding on. I have to get food for the next couple of days, and deal with paperwork, and pack another couple of boxes. But at least I don't have to be anywhere else today, so I can take my time.

It is very hot outdoors today - but mercifully cool in the cottage with my windows open. I'm just going to make myself some spelt spaghetti with peas and good old nut-butter sauce again for lunch (I've been adding a bit of nooch too - that makes it yummy!) - a pear for dessert. Then I must make a list and start working my way through it.

I will allow myself to rest up from time to time and enjoy my book - I'm getting near the end now and it's gripping! I still don't know what's going to happen.

Exercise is on "pause" at the moment. Perhaps later.

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It sounds like you had a gentle Saturday and Sunday morning. I hope you had a decent night and feel a little better today.

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I had a lovely run - see the running thread. And have worked through my list of things to do before work today.

I've noticed a little bit of 'caffeine creep'!

I ran out of my decaff, and my half-caf (which I usually allow myself first thing in the morning. I bought some more coffee - they didn't have any half-caf, and there was an offer on, so I now find I have: French STRONG (5), Italian MEDIUM STRONG (4), and Columbian MEDIUM (3) ......... hmm, and guess which one I'm enjoying at the moment? The French, STRONG (5)! I keep thinking "I'll have a coffee"

It's so easy to let it creep back in, isn't it?

I did well with bread yesterday (which is maybe why I did less well with the coffee) - there were lots of lovely loaves at reduced price - ancient grains, spelt, wholemeal seeded loaves etc - but I looked at the loaves and knew they'd be too tempting, so I bought my usual pack of 6 small wholemeal rolls (freezing them).

I've got decaff instant coffee in my work bag, so hope I'll sleep tonight!

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Sunday

Well, I enjoyed my read in bed, and slept well, but I woke with a sinus headache and it was only 5.30. My headache went after I had been upright a while. Coffee in bed reading the notes for June from John Douillard, Lifespa.com. I've written all the June tips in my BUJO.

I will go for a gentle jog. One of the tips for Summer is to do 8 mins a day breathing through the left nostril! I will try it. Where do they get this stuff from?! Ancient yoga stuff.

I have a whole list of exercise things to get through before I leave for work at 3.25 today (home tomorrow morning.)


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Saturday evening: I didn't have time this morning.

I haven't done Total Abs today - I did two of the Cassie Ho videos (killers!) for legs.

I was up and out early this morning. Overnight oats with cherries and almonds for breakfast at work. A snack-pack of roasted soya beans, nuts and stuff at mid-morning. Almond butter and cucumber roll, lettuce, apple, peanut protein bar for lunch. Scone, jam, cream at the cafe with my friends (just one scone), and tea. Dinner was a veggie curry, some poppadoms, then some strawberries and dark chocolate - and my alcohol-free beer - think I've had a good S-aturday! I felt like having a kind of celebration with food!

So - now I'm just heading for bed with the great book I'm reading at the moment - She's Not There by Tamsin Grey. Almost an early night (9.30pm). I don't have to set the alarm tonight - I'm working on Sunday, but not until 4.30pm.

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I forgot to say, you were right about the landlord versus the letting agent advice too - my landlord called today and had a chat and was really nice - he also has a 'formal letter' from the letting agent requiring him to do all sorts of things before it can be re-let.



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It's nice you have the deliveries out of the way. Let you relax. Enjoy your meet-up with the Buddhist women tomorrow.

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Thanks - it is!

My deliveries have both arrived - new fridge & packing boxes. The smoke detectors have been removed and replaced with new ones. And I bought pizza from the shop and will make my own toppings - I have an alcohol-free beer too. I've just stewed some plums to have with yoghurt (I'm back on Greek yoghurt with no flavourings or sweeteners which the soya yog have).

I did a lovely stretch routine with Cassie Ho this morning - I think it's on YouTube - I'll have a look...........some different stretches to those that I've done with YWA or Darebee - felt very beneficial for legs and hip mobility. With some nice positive thinking talk too.
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I also did 100 squats with the challenge.

After the business of today, I spent half-an-hour or so reading and drinking tea this afternoon. Now I'm going over to Darebee to chop-chop!

Up early tomorrow - on the bus at 6.30am and finish work at 3.30pm. But after work I am going to meet up with a bunch of Buddhist women for a cream tea at Birdies Bistro at Lelant. Thank goodness it'll be Saturday!


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Your frog charm is cute.

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I did use those last 10 mins to sit mindfully - it was helpful.

I'm having scrambled tofu with tomatoes this morning - rye bread toast (just a little). Starting right! I think I'll have had a green week, No S-wise. The scale is back down again - phew!

I am expecting to be home all day today - well, until the deliveries have arrived. The fridge is coming before 11am - the old one is ready to go. I have a local electrician coming about 11am to sort out the chirping smoke/heat detector. There is a bundle of packing-boxes coming some time today by courier.

I bought myself a silver frog charm for my bracelet to mark this big transition. I took it to the jeweller yesterday to have it soldered on. I tried to take a photo of it, but I couldn't get it in focus because it was shiny. It's rather sweet I think - I know what it symbolizes for me - that's the important thing.
Here's the photo from the website (he's actually much nice-looking than even their photo - oh, it does seem to be a 'he')


I've got attracted to Blogilates with Cassie Ho. She's very bubbly and fun - I think I need a bit of that at the moment. She's like a different version of Adriene - more 'poptastic'. There's a 100 squats a day challenge, and calender for June with different exercises each day. I'm going to see if I can add it to what I'm already doing. I'll get over to Darebee today and to TA Day 19.

My cold is not too bad. But I have cancelled, sadly, my meet-up with CB today because I don't want to risk passing the virus on to her and her hubby. I saw them on Saturday, so I hope I didn't have it then......... might have done. Still, I can't undo it!

Salad for lunch. I have 'pizza' on my menu for this evening - a bit of a treat. I hope i can get out to buy it. I might even order one from the local pizza-making company - they do vegan options. It would give me a walk up the hill to the industrial estate to collect it too!

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I hope those last 10 minutes were mindful. You deserve that. Take the tone of the phone call from the landlord over the form letter from the agent. I figure withholding from the damage deposit all part of the game. Although, after nine and a half years a degradation is expected.

This transition is hard for you. You are doing really well with it, in my opinion. Keeping doing what you are doing and you will get through it. Well done keeping your running date with yourself.

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Phew! I've managed to get everything done before leaving for work - I have another 15 mins.

The fridge is defrosted. The house is starting to feel chaotic as things are in the wrong places now - in boxes, in bags, stacked etc. This is a challenging time for me.

I had a nice phone call from my landlord. But also a formal, stricter letter from the letting agents about all the things I'm supposed to do before I leave! I'm not going to be able to fulfil them all - so I guess they'll take it out of my deposit as 'degredations' - fair enough.

Phew! (did I just say that?!) perhaps these last 15 mins need to be spent mindfully.
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I am feeling a bit less coldy today. I bought some vitamins yesterday, and put my cold on the train!

I woke around 7am today; I've had two nights in a row when I didn't get to bed until after midnight, and I have the same today (on the bus at 2.30 and home 11.20)

I haven't done any mindfulness or changing yet. I am going to go for a run.

It's overcast and foggy again.

I have to empty the fridge today for the new one coming tomorrow. I'm glad I only have a small fridge and ice box!


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Your breakfast sounds lovely right now. I'm in Atlanta changing flights. Hope you feel better soon.

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I woke up with a blocked nose, made a coffee and got back into bed. I ended up doing 25 mins of mindfulness and tried putting my cold in a bag, and putting it on the train, and waving it 'goodbye'. I'll see if it works or not!

Time seems to be going fast today - I have done my exercises (not Total Abs), and had my scrambled tofu with mushrooms and some rye toast - yum! I've packed my dinner for work, and washed some salad for lunch (I changed my plan from soup to salad!)

Gotta jump in the shower, the pop out to the library, buy some throat pastilles in case I get a tickle in my throat on the bus!

It's raining, so not great for laundry, but I'll probably hang my jeans out in the rain.

The smoke detector is still beeping - it's now sporadic, so it makes me jump when it starts doing it after a silent period!

This house is starting to look a bit empty which feels strange, but OK.

I bought some nectarines from the supermarket which said 'ripen at home' and they're all looking bruised and half-rotten - I might take them back!



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The scale was down this morning - which has encouraged me greatly to stay on-track again today!

I have to be on the bus at 9.30am and will be home about 11.40pm tonight (Summer timetable for the buses means a different route, and a longer journey, to take in all the holiday spots). So - I've packed a nut-butter and carrot roll for lunch, with a tomato, some olives, some spicy roasted corn snack, a pear; then dinner is cold curry from last night, with poppadoms, and yoghurt with cherries. Almond milk in a container for my tea/coffee drinks. I'm 'good to go'!

I have a chirruping smoke detector - it needs replacing. Annoying - I've emailed property maintenance. I've also emailed my landlord to let him know I'm leaving. I'm going to hand in my written letter on my way to the bus this morning.

I'm not going to manage any formal exercise today. I got up at about 7am today, and chose to chant instead of exercise. Everything is working out perfectly.

That moon looked wonderful last night - quite beautiful.

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I think the train analogy works very well. J and I were having a similar over our oatmeal this morning. A pending need to Downside from our ‘family’houses and retirement is a common theme between us and in talking to our friends.

Congratulations with your diet today. You can keep it up.

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My eating is bang-on and low-carb today - the scale will go down again by Wednesday I'm sure.

The thing about the train image is that one carriage seems to represent one 'topic' - and I know that I've got to deal with it so that that carriage can be emptied. A bit like opening the doors to let the people out! More will get in, for sure, but at least it's a new issue and the novelty is inspiring.

Today I have dealt with two so far - I've done the Buddhist schedule for June which needs to be sent out, and I've ordered the curtain poles (on-line in the end - see my blog!).

I have some ironing to do. Make some breakfast bars - I've got some early work shifts coming up. I noticed when I was preparing my new BUJO (starting June) that I only have 5 days off in June - and they're all single days; not two together. I will have to be careful of my energy and use my down-time wisely! I have a week off in early July.

I am enjoying having the money to get what I need for the new flat - the cooker, the fridge, the curtain poles, the removal service.

I've enjoyed giving things away too - I've given my sewing machine to a young seamstress; my old bikes to someone who makes them into good bikes for kids who can't afford to buy one; a tent to a young adventurer; my garden waste bin (and it's year's subscription for emptying) to a new neighbour - young couple moving in along the Terrace. I took an ice-crushing gadget down to the charity shop this morning - it was my son's, for making slushies and frappes. I've never used it. I figured during the hot holiday weather someone might take a fancy to it.

In return I'm getting a free sofa, and the loan of some rugs, and someone who will help me make curtains because she loves doing it.

All is working out well. It's a full moon in Sagittarius - not sure what that means for me exactly, but it feels 'personal'! I found this one on YouTube which is nice and positive

"I’ve dubbed this Sagittarius Full Moon as the ‘’liberation Moon’’ because it gives you so much energy to break through impossible seeming obstacles, to fight and to gain your freedom!"

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