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7/3/18 2:35 P

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Rain is a good reason not to go swimming at the outdoors pool. You still have plenty of activities to keep you in shape. The hermit-y feel may be a stepping back after the move and social introduction to your new home. You know what's best for you.

Too bad the carpet wasn't for you. I hope it speaks to someone else.

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7/3/18 1:25 P

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I didn't go to the pool after work. It started raining, and I am feeling hermit-y!.

I did buy lots of fruit & veg, vegan milk, cashew Nakd Bars. I do have my exercise gear on.

I came home and found a few ants, so cleaned the floor and worktop in the kitchen, which then led to me cleaning my front door area. This attracted some friendly comments. Someone has just knocked on my door to say there is a roll of free carpet in the back lane? I'd better go and have a look I suppose.

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Well, it's a big roll - I couldn't move it even if I wanted it. It is too dark for my taste. I can't tell what quality it is. I hope someone can use it.

So this evening will be Back & Core, YWA and Blogilates (beginners calendar).

Bed. Long work day tomorrow.


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7/3/18 12:32 P

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I fully believe in 'point of purchase' controls. The stuff on your list are 'treats' okay to have once in a while. We a;leo know it's best not to keep treats around the house. Your 'hot beverage' instead is an effective tool to stop cravings.

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Day 16 of 100 More Days of Weight Loss talks about how to stall impulsive eating by taking a 7-minute break. I'm going to experiment with that.

I think, after a night's sleep!, that not purchasing my trigger foods is good enough. If the crop up in other situations it's not a big deal for me really, but I have to watch the after-effects.

I had a bath last night and slept really soundly. Up and ready for work, but no mindful coffee or exercises this morning. Starting at 7.30.

I am hoping I can persuade myself to go to the pool after work. You may notice I have not followed up on my idea of going to check out the gym!


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7/2/18 4:27 P

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I'm deep in wheat/bread addiction right now. Peanut noodles, peanut butter sandwiches (on hikes), pizza for dinner last night. It easy to let these things be more and more of your caloric intake. It's hard to simply ramp back down.


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7/2/18 11:54 A

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I don't seem to want to be around people today. It's been quite challenging at work and I feel tired. I have done a load of laundry. The mender person has been and made my window safe, but it needs new parts.

I have been pondering total abstention of my trigger foods;
Chocolate
Crisps & other savoury snacks
Biscuits
Ice cream
Cheese
Bread
Butter
Cake
Sweets
Cream crackers etc

Someone posted a link to an article about food addiction and I can see that's how it is with me. I can resist for so long, then cave in.

I am going to put the kettle on and do some knitting.

I did well using up things for lunch, and have used some white beans and coriander to make a kind of pate for supper, with g-free toast, red peppers.

Maybe a bath.

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7/2/18 7:38 A

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Home from work - it rained hard around 3am last night, but no thunder thankfully!

It's cooler today - there are clouds. I've got a load of laundry on the line. I am so grateful for the cheap washing facilities - I'm getting all my washing done without having to spend loads of money - it's amazing.

I was going to do yoga as soon as I got home, but had a repair-person coming to fix the window, so am still in my work clothes and feeling hungry for lunch. I'm going to go and put my exercise clothes on and roll out the mat for Day 2 of Back & Core, and YWA.

Mostly home stuff today I think. Menu-planning, ironing, reading, knitting - that sort of thing.

I'm trying to get 'better' at the vegan, aryuvedic kind of eating plans. Making sure I don't buy things that are not on the seasonal list.



My weight went up 2lb after the weekend - a cider at the show, a salty snack when I got home, a slice of cheesecake in the coffee shop (with someone I was supporting on Saturday). Hopefully it'll be back down again tomorrow, or Wednesday. Disheartening how quickly the body will hold onto weight - water or not - and a stark reminder of why it's important to stay on track.

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7/1/18 10:05 A

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Yes, it was joyous!

I love the smell of the harbour and fish-market at Newlyn. I often think it's a shame I don't eat fish! I am a hypocrite - not believing in eating the fish, but liking the vibe of the industry and the smell. Luckily the fisherman didn't ask me if I ate fish!

I overcame a 'don't feel like it's again this morning and got out for a run. I spent some time looking at the map, but put my running togs on to help increase the chance of getting out of the door!

I was out for over 2 hrs, which is great training for the 20k in December (12miles?)

We got a bit of rain - thunder forecast for this evening, which is not good at work as lots of the people I support are afraid of thunder.

I came home from my run feeling hungry with lots of different food thoughts on my head, so I stuck to my plan and made pancakes with stewed apricots and toasted hazelnuts.

Now I am rushing off to work - sleep-in shift, so home tomorrow.
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6/30/18 10:56 P

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Sounds joyous, Gill! Good for you overcoming that "don't feel like it" feeling. And, you met a real Cornish fisherman. Those are probably getting harder to find in St Ives except maybe on the bay. I'll be starting Back and Core tomorrow as well.
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6/30/18 5:15 P

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The music in the park was wonderful! It was a warm evening, a nice crowd, nice vegan curry and gluten-free naan bread, an elderflower cider from local winery (Polgoon Vinyard), great music! I picked up a loyalty card - just get three shows stamped and you get the fourth free!

I had the 'don't feel like it' feeling when I finished work - but I'm very glad I overcame that and made myself go. I also gave them a standing ovation (I think I was the only one to stand up - but I stood up when I had the impulse, and didn't put the emergency brake on!)

During the interval a chap (he was with his wife) started talking to me about the singer/band - apparently his wife had gone to school with her etc. Turns out he is a local fisherman - they go to sea at night to catch sardines so he often misses evening things. I learnt quite a lot about the sardine fishing out of Newlyn.

I got a yoga session done after work. And as I posted on Darbee - I'm going to start Back & Core tomorrow (1st July) as well as go for a run.

Right now - reckon I'm off to bed, having had a good day.
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Nice. Glad you had a nice visit and some good study. You made good use of the day too. Sounds lovely. with the walk and all. Laundry and shopping are all necessary things to get done. I hope you enjoy the concert in the park tomorrow.

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I had a lovely trip over to St Ives. CB and I got a lot of Cornish studying done together, and I stayed for lunch (cheese on toast and salad). After I dropped the keys off at the letting agent, I got the open-top bus back to Penzance; it was nice in the hot sun to be sitting outside (it was still hot - but at least there was some air moving).

I bought some curtain material on my way home - I'd been heading for the library and suddenly thought I'd go and enquire about some material I liked. (photo on my blog today).

I got the washing in off the line, chilled out with a mug of tea for a while, then set off on my walk to Mousehole. I didn't quite get to Mousehole - I walked for 45 mins and got nearly there, but my sandals were starting to rub my skin, so I turned and walked back - buying some plasters at the shop in Newlyn.

Then I went and got my food shopping. I made good choices - I was proud of myself. I bought soya yoghurt, oat milk, soya cream, gluten-free bread, lots of fruit, and a bag of quinoa chips. I didn't buy anything off-plan - this was good.

I got a good deal on nutritional yeast in the health-food store - buy one, get one half price - so I bought two. Ditto wheat-free pasta. I did also buy two small bags of bombay mix (weekend is coming).

I'm working Saturday day-time, and going to listen to music in the park in the evening, with the veggie curry to start. I've just remembered that it will be Saturday, so I could have some ice-cream (or sorbet) if I want to!

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I'm glad your finical position has improved with the move. You will enjoy having the money to participate in your community. Good job getting over for a swim. I hope you have a nice time with CB, and that you find yourself a Cornish class there in Penzance.

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6/29/18 3:26 A

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I had a slight panic last night when the flat upstairs was sounding a bit raucous at 10.30pm - but it all went quiet before 11pm and that was it. Also, I had a problem with my bedroom window which I could not completely shut and fasten - the mechanism is all corroded and stuck. This morning I poured oil on it, and got it shut - but daren't open it again. I've reported it for repair.

These two things made me very wakeful last night and it took me a while to settle down - but I did get off to sleep OK in the end. I woke a few times for the loo. Then finally woke with my alarm at 7am. This unsettled feeling showed me how sensitive I am to worries - I'd got so used to this at the other house that I didn't even realise I was worrying! Now that I've experienced untroubled nights, I know the difference!

Because I needed to attend to the window this morning, I didn't go down to the beach for my coffee. I started being busy, and got a load of washing going. Then I checked myself, and took a coffee out into the 'garden' and sat on the rocking bench. I could hear conversations, and spoke to a couple of people who came by. I did my BUJO for the day and the cat came over to say hello. It wasn't a mindful coffee, but it was outdoors - going out of my comfort zone again!

Today I am going to get the bus over to St Ives to visit CB, do some Cornish. I have to find a class in Penzance otherwise I think I'll stop doing it - then regret it. It's a lovely day to be out and about, and a perfect day to go to St Ives. I'm going to return my house keys to the letting agent over there.

Weirdly, I have to say, I hardly miss it at all............. that seems strange to me when I think of how very attached to it I felt. Seems that this move really was the right thing at the right time - I got what I needed; even though I didn't know I needed it!

I am gently doing a little de-cluttering each day, and a Fly Lady home-care task - these small actions are all making sure that I keep moving in a positive direction.

Today might have been a run day - but I've decided to take a walk out to Mousehole this afternoon instead. I will get my groceries on the way back.

A DVD is planned for this evening. And I will fit in a session with Adriene before bed tonight.

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6/28/18 9:09 A

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I got to the pool and it was fabulous! I stayed in, swimming, for about 20 mins. Then thought I'd have a coffee at the cafe, but I didn't have enough money. So I went home and washed my hair, then went back to the cafe. I decided that I deserved a reward and had a vegan flapjack. They have vegan items and you can substitute vegan cheese on a pizza for an extra £1. They have a vegan brunch nap which sounds good - maybe on a Sunday?!

It's really nice to have enough money to participate more.
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Yes, you're right - time is like that!

Today I didn't even wake up until just before 7am - that was nice. It's not really noisy here until the cars start coming in/out at around 8am.

I didn't 'feel like' getting dressed to take my coffee to the beach, and was tempted to crawl back into bed with my mug. But I DID get dressed and take my coffee to the beach. It was only an hour down from high tide, so the water was right up near the wall. I sit on some granite steps (I'll take a photo next time).

It was very peaceful. I spotted three other people - one sitting on another step further up the beach, and two guys swimming. Then a wisp of annoyance came over when I saw a woman with two dogs walking on the 'no dogs' beach! I didn't want a confrontation, so I didn't say anything - but I felt the annoyance within.

When I got back I rolled out my yoga mat and joined Adriene for a session which was really nice.

I thought of 101 reasons why I don't need to join the gym........... but then realized that the main reason was that I need to 'belong' to a community of fit people here in Penzance. It's my need for connection and belonging which is being met by going to the gym.

This morning I noticed the skinny, wobbly guy who drinks too much clearing the weeds from the paved area. I went out and told him how much I appreciated him doing that - giving him a big thank-you.

Living here is bringing me into contact with a whole group of people I would normally ignore; it's good for me to have this chance to connect more deeply with people. There are some, of course, that it is not wise to connect with! But on the whole, I'm enjoying the challenge of being more visible and open to meeting others who maybe don't share my life-style choices.

The guy in the next flat is an interesting character, always trying to launch some scheme. He smells of vodka most of the time too! He is trying to get a BBQ area set up - but he's bought disposable BBQ and is providing food, then asking for donations to the Penlee Lifeboat (to appease a women who opposes the BBQ idea but is connected to the local fishing fleet community!). He knows I'm a 'vagan' and says his sister is too - not to worry, they can throw on a courgette or something for me! I don't want to take part in a community BBQ, but live right next to it - so probably won't have a lot of choice! I might be working (hoping!)

This morning I am off to courageously get into the open-air pool and find my way around the place - where to change, where the loos are etc! On my way I am going to re-register with the local health centre.

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6/27/18 12:12 P

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You will fill in those extra 'commuter' hours as you settle in. In no time you will wonder how you managed to get anything done when you took the bus to work. Good for you pushing past your perceived boundaries and running in the middle of the day.

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It's another hot day. It was nice to get home in less than 10 mins, but when I got here I had a feeling of not knowing what I was going to do.

I put a load of laundry on - that's now all out on the line. I made a cold coffee with almond milk. I intended to have iced coffee but ruined it because my ice cubes had lemon juice in! I'd forgotten.

It's a run day. Wondering if it's too hot.....but figure a hat, and water, and permission to walk will be a good tactic. I don't want anything to put me off my plans at the moment because I'm needing to break through new barriers every day & want to keep up the momentum.

Yesterday I managed 15 mins on the bench in the community area.....that was a courageous achievement for me!

On my list today is a little food shopping (veggie burgers, avocado, salad), Fly Lady, de-cluttering, back to work this evening for a short shift.

Swimming in the lido is diaried for Thursday morning.


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I totally get running out of time to post. I had really run out of time last night, but forced myself to do it anyway. It would be better if I forced myself to run or do yoga. I guess I have to maintain at least one healthy activity even if it's simply posting.

So you have a seagull friend you didn't know you had or wanted. I seem to have a rabbit. You will find what makes you comfortable on your doorstep and adapt. Right now, walking down to the beach is working.

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I ran out of time to post yesterday (Monday) - but I did go out for a run (posted on the running thread) and GH came over to chant with me before I went to work. That was the day - work until bed-time, but so nice to just walk home and be in bed by 10.30pm!

This morning I was awake about 6am anyway, but would have been woken by a seagull tapping on my window! I don't know if someone has been feeding it here, but it's tapped a few times on my bedroom window! I ignored it completely, so as to discourage it.

I was then totally awake and wanted my doorstep coffee, but still feel a bit awkward sitting on my doorstep - I need to be dressed (or feel I need to be dressed and not in PJs). So I got dressed, then decided to walk down to the beach - and sat watching the sea for 15 mins. It was lovely. One of my neighbours was discussing the pros and cons of these flats, and said that the fact that it's only 200 steps to the beach, and he had a bath - those two things are enough. I agreed! I'd also counted the steps!

Today I have done two YWA videos - one was a nice guided meditation, the other was a lovely stress-relieving with some good stretches. Phew - I'm not doing any strength-training, but am OK with the running and yoga right now. At work I did throw in a few squats, and leg lifts - so it's on my agenda.

Today I am wearing a vest-top - sleeveless - which is a big step out of my comfort zone clothes-wise. It's going to be hot today, so until I go to work (4.30 sleep-in), I will wear the vest-top. I have a light cotton shirt for work.

Nutroast and cabbage for lunch, fruit. Wraps with home-made coriander hummus for tea at work, with a big tomato, and a Nak'd Bar. I think I'll take enough milk to make a cold chocolate drink at bedtime tonight at work.

I bought myself a ticket to go and listen to music in the park on Friday night, and paid an extra £5 to eat at the venue before the performance - a home-made vegan curry.
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I'm glad you are feeling safe in your new home. Good sleep is a big plus!

Good for you getting out to enjoy the music. Makes you part of the larger local community when you support friend/colleague like that. Enjoyable for you too. Well done picking up the pool pass.

It sounds like a nice day, and weekend that you also had to work.

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I went out and joined the crowds for Quay Fair Day, and found a good place to sit and enjoy my friend's music - looking out over the sea, watching the gulls. Nice music, and I was able to sit in the shade of the war memorial - it was so hot in the sun!

I also bought a season ticket for Jubilee Pool! Yay! I didn't swim today thought - too busy for me.

Afterwards I bought some gooseberries from a stall selling fruit, then a gooseberry & elderflower ice-lolly (hand-made 'deli pop' from a little company in St Agnes) - it was lovely!

At home the washing was dry and smelling lovely off the sunny washing line, so I've a nice clean bed to get into tonight.

The pizza was disappointing - but the watercress was nice!

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Thanks, yes, I have allowed a lot of new people and experiences in this past week.

I spent 15 mins down on the pebbly beach this afternoon - the pebbles were very hot from the sun! It's not crowded down there at all - really nice.

There were only two boats on the boating lake - but I walked all around the pond once, and had a nice chat with a young woman and child who were sailing a very lovely home-made boat - papier mache and wicker framed - which had one first prize by default!

I'm getting used to the new shop too - finding things more easily. I did succumb to a knock-down stone-baked Marinara pizza for tea tonight. I think this draws a line under my off-plan eating during the past week!

I have a line of laundry out on the washing line - hot, hot, sunshine, so it should be dry by tea-time. Also, the machine has spun in almost dry anyway - much better than the commercial laundrette's machine!

Some folk were sitting out on the rocking bench this afternoon - but it was too hot for me!

I just did the Daily Dare - 40 toe-taps
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You look very fit and trim in your new exercise tights. Your introvert deserves a little tender loving care right now with all the changes and newness you are experience. You certainly have been getting out in the world with friends and among strangers lately. Give yourself some time to sit with these anxieties. I'm sure they will fade shortly. Your doing well with your yoga intention. Making a meal plan, even for a few days is a strong indication of healthy habits being in control.

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I was glad to get home after work. I noticed I have only had two days off in three weeks!

However, I felt a bit lost with nothing in particular planned for my day. So, I put my new gear on and did a YWA from her 'Anxiety' playlist.

That did help a bit.

It's a kind of introvert/anxiety thing about getting out of the door......I am going to see the model boats down on Wherry Town boating lake, pop into the shop, walk back along the beach. Then later going to Jubilee Pool to listen to a band one of my colleagues plays in.

I haven't had the courage to go swimming today. But I did muster up the courage to explore the laundry room and check out how the machines work. It's so cheap! Only 50p a wash, and 50p to dry! At the launderette it is £5 to wash and about £3 to dry!! Another major benefit!

It's a lovely sunny day again, music in the streets - nothing to keep me in really, except my own hesitancy.


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It's nice you could do parkrun on a workday! And, have fun at the local festival as well. Glad everything is working out for you.

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I've had a good day. I got on the bus to Helston and met one other woman from Penzance who goes (she talks ALL the time, phew, but I managed to stay smiling for an hour!).

It was a sunny, warm day and I had a lovely run. The bus back was very crowded due to Mazey Day in Penzance and everyone coming into town. A sweet little girl sat next to me, with her Mum (who turned out to be a teacher) - all dressed up in sparkles and flowers for the festival.

I bought a luscious ice-cream - orange & marscapone (not vegan, but very nice!) to eat as I wandered up through town and all the festival jolities. I bought some card to make my vision board, a pasty for lunch, and a Golowan festival hemp bag - which will be good for taking my packed lunch etc to work.

I watched one of the parades - which was wonderful!

I went home and had a soak in the bath, then headed out to the shops. It looked so inviting that I went down onto the beach, and sat there for 10 mins just enjoying the sound of the sea on the pebbles - almost high tide. Got my groceries and walked home.

Have everything ready for work now - sleep-in, so home tomorrow morning.

It was a good day. There is music in the air everywhere. Everyone seems to be in good spirits - all happy sounds. It's been a perfect day - everyone out eating and drinking in the sunshine.

Right - off to work - see you tomorrow!
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Well, I did stay awake and get out to see the fireworks - and I was so glad I did! I am not a person who goes out on the town at night usually, but I was absolutely amazed to see the whole promenade (and side streets) closed to traffic and filled with people enjoying themselves. OMG what a massive event this weekend is here - and how wonderful that the weather is co-operating.

I don't know the names of all the local places yet, but I followed the people who seemed to know where they were heading, and went down onto the pier to find a place to watch the fireworks. This turned out to be exactly right, as the fireworks were set off on the opposite pier - directly in front of us with just the harbour between. It was pretty magical actually. I didn't feel alone - there is a friendly vibe in the crowd here. It's not over-run with holiday-makers like St Ives - there's a big local community.

I also slept right through any noise there might have been of people returning home after the revelries - I am sleeping so well here; I don't know why as I'm next to a road, and cars park outside, and I'm in a flat with neighbours and people coming in and out using the lift etc. But it seems that I am in the right place for me - my spirit is not unsettled by the surrounding noises. I think this must mean that, at a deep level, I feel safe here. Perhaps the energies of the earth beneath me are aligned well - the flats are built on a site where there would have been a large house in the past I suppose.

I didn't want to open my eyes when my alarm went off. And I did consider persuading myself that it was unwise to go to parkrun............. maybe I could walk to Mousehole instead........ after all, I have to go to work at 4.30pm for a sleep-in?

But after a few minutes, I shrugged that off - got my running togs (which were laying there ready; that definitely helps!) and made my coffee. I am off to parkrun.

I'm not sure what my aim is today other than to feel good about being there and running. I'm not aiming to beat any records today.

I managed to do a meal plan for the next few days last night - I've been struggling to do this recently - often turning the page to find I've got nothing planned! But it's only been a week or so - it's a temporary blip.

I cooked a lentil curry last night - that was the first time I've actually cooked a proper meal I think (apart from my pancakes on Day 1). The cooker behaves differently to the old one, so will take some adjusting to. But it's good and I'm happy to adjust to it. It has solid heat-rings, so takes quite a while to heat up, but then holds the heat quite a time too - so if I am patient on the heating-up phase, I can then virtually turn the electricity off and complete the cooking without any more fuel.

I had a seagull actually knocking on my window this morning with it's beak. I ignored it!

My daily BUJO lists are quite long at the moment - with things I need to do like buying curtains etc, but that's OK. I'm also finding I am a little bit lost for something to do as I'm not totally settled and still 'living in the space' a bit. It's all gradually coming together though.

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Yes, the fireworks are at 22.45.

And, yes, one bus which takes just under an hour - it leaves at 7.35.

Reckon I'll be fine.

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It's noisy in town tonight, with lots of people walking down the road past my window - it leads from town to the promenade. It's my first Friday night, so I don't know if this is typical for a Friday night, but I think it's probably more related to the Golowan festival weekend shenanigans.

I'm tired - it's going to be a struggle to stay up late enough to watch the fireworks. I might need to go out to stay awake!

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emoticon I'm going to repeat what you already said, it's amazing how fast the brain adapts to less-then-ideal habits like waiting until the last minute to leave for work. You will adapt. There is something about that feeling when you miss a bus, feeling left behind I suppose to instill discipline in our routine.

Enjoy the fireworks tonight! They will be late with the long days. Your body won't be giving up the extra time' willingly Saturday morning. Can you get from Penzanse to Penrose on just one bus? Have a good parkrun!

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Yes, I also resisted a late-evening snack or hot chocolate - my reward was that the scale was back down 1lb this morning.

I'm enjoying porridge with dried apricots, hemp seeds, soya/coconut yoghurt, and a little date syrup. Nice.

I've got a touch of last-minute-itis - I've got to get used to the timing living so close to work. "I've got plenty of time" suddenly becomes "Whoops! I need to go!"

I've not reclaimed much morning time - my body and brain seem only too happy to take the extra sleep time.

This evening there are fireworks down on the harbour - for Mazey Day Eve. A great way to celebrate Mid-Summer and my own new beginning.

I've been doing some stretching routines each morning (from the John Douillard 3-seasons book) which are enough at the moment. Park Run tomorrow.

Instead of buying food yesterday, I spent some money on some new exercise tights, a t-shirt, a waist-belt for running, and peaked cap for keeping the sun out of my eyes when I'm running. I'll take a photo of myself in the tights later because I was gob-smacked at how slim I looked in them. I threw away my old pair of baggy, grey, jogging pants that made me look like an elephant!

I've re-started the list of 200 things to throw away - the first is product boxes (I read 'cardboard' too!)





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emoticon Good job sticking to your meal plan. You have some very good friends too.

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It felt quite odd going back to St Ives as a non-resident! It's only been 5 days and already I feel like a visitor!

I did well to stick to my meal plans today - there were opportunities to deviate!

Time for bed. Just one box remains. CB offered to take me to the tip with all the cardboard & stuff.

I am tired.
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Morning coffee on the seashore sound lovely. What a great way to start the day. I'm glad you are going to visit your friends in St Ives. They aren't very far away. Enjoy.

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I slept well again! Any passing noise is just that - passing.

I woke at about 6.30am, and decided to be brave and take my coffee down to the beach. After all, I told myself, it's only a TWO MINUTE walk!!!! So I filled my Costa carry-cup and walked to the beach. The benches up on the promenade seemed a bit exposed, so I went down some stone steps which lead onto the beach, and sat there for 15 mins. It was lovely - really quiet - watching boats go out, the sun shining on me, the sea twinkling. That section of the beach is dog-free in the summer months too, so not even dog-walkers. I gazed out towards Mousehole (which is just round the bend - can't quite see it) and decided I'll run that way next time.

I came home to find that although the flat's windows face East/West, once the sun has got above the houses opposite, it streams into my living room and bedroom! NIce. I guess I won't see much of it in the winter - but that's OK.

I did some yoga-type stretches from the John Douillard book - they are based on opening the lungs (and probably stretching meridians too). Then I did some free-form yoga as my back is a bit scrunchy around the sacrum.

I had avocado and vegan cheese on wheat-free crackers for breakfast. I'm going to St Ives to visit SH for coffee, then CB at midday. This evening I am going to go and chant with a Buddhist who lives in Penzance - I'm handing over an admin task to her.

I did enjoy my G&T last night. The scale is up 1lb this morning - and I'm pretty sure that alcohol does that to me. Because I weigh every day I notice these variations. It wasn't anything I ate yesterday - I had no wheat or junk.

So, yes, I am going to enjoy my day off. On the way back from St Ives I'm going to stop at The Range and see if I can pick up some simple 'onion' paper lampshades. I also want some stuff to make a new vision board.

I was hoping to get a swim at the lido, but that isn't going to happen today. I'll try again another day.

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It will be great if you can regularly stop in for price-reduced fresh produce. It sounds like a nice place to shop. And, there is always the Lidl close by. I hope you enjoyed your gin and tonic, as well as your day off.

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I turned left instead of right when I left work - which takes me down towards Newlyn and a longer route home, via the Wherry Town Co-op. It was virtually empty at 7.15pm, with lots of price-reduced fresh produce, which was great! I took the time to walk up and down all the aisles and get the hang of where things are. It'll do for me I think, for my everyday stuff. It's a pleasant shop to use. It's nice to walk back along the sea-front. I took some photos of the flags (I posted them on my blog).

I had a big salad for dinner, followed by strawberries & blueberries with a rhubarb yoghurt (dairy) and treated myself to a gin & tonic as I have a day off tomorrow.

10pm now and I'm ready to go to bed.

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I get the feeling wobbly part. I'm feeling wobbly just because my son is moving back in and the basement is a chaotic mess of his stuff and my stuff piled up everywhere. You will sort it out with time. I'm sure you will declutter while you go.

Feeling comfortable on your own doorstep is good. It's yours and where you should feel safest. Those benches and the seaside are public spaces. They attract a different part of us. It's great to have options. (my space is more exposed to my neighbors now that the hedge is gone)

Even shopping for your basic needs is an adventure. That can be great, but can also be a little stressful. It's all about transition. Great job getting out to run the prom!

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Another good night's sleep! Fantastic!

I went for a run (see running thread) - that was going out of my comfort zone once this morning.

Then I came back, picked a lavender blossom from the bush outside, and made a lavender coffee - and sat on the doorstep to drink it. I didn't quite manage 15 mins, but almost. One new neighbour passed on the way to the recycling bins - he told me he lives at #31 and like to keep himself to himself - he wished me a happy stay here. I contemplated sitting on one of the benches outside - but they look out on houses with windows and it felt too exposed for me (at the moment). Perhaps one morning I will take my coffee down to the beach.............. but for today, sitting on my own doorstep felt the safest option. I could see the sea, and a fishing boat going out.

I made a vegan bacon roll for breakfast, and ate it sitting on my tall stool in the kitchen.

I feel a bit kind of wobbly again - I think because everything is pretty much unpacked except for five boxes, and I'm thinking 'where am I going to fit this?!'

I'm experiencing some 'where did I put x,y,z?' moments................. and starting to fret about things being in the wrong places. I am going to need to get my Fly Lady routines going, and be 'strict' about continuing to de-clutter.

I have plenty of space, but no shelves or anything, other than my free-standing book shelves. But basically, it's all getting sorted quite easily.

Keeping going, with the curtains and floor coverings, and perhaps collecting the paint etc - getting rid of cardboard packing cases - some things need to be sorted still or will become worries.

I am working a short shift today from 14.30-19.00. Being close to the shops is causing me to think 'oh, I can pick that up later!' It's interesting how the brain find the 'easiest' options so quickly. I did walk to what I thought was the more distant shop on Monday evening - but it only took me 10 mins to get there. There are three Co-ops in town - they all stock different kinds of stuff. The one at Wherry Town (the Newlyn end of Penzance promenade) is geared a little more to holiday visitors I think - it has BBQ and picnic stuff, and lots of alcohol and snacks. I will have to get used to the layout to find what I usually buy. There's a big Lidl store right next to it which I must explore too. Then, of course, there are the nice independent shops in town - there's a lovely organic whole-food shop (but expensive), another very comprehensive wholefood store (also expensive), a main-stream health-food store, a very good green-grocer which unfortunately also has a lovely tempting deli-cum-grocery section - again more high-end stuff. There is a lovely bakery too - Baker Tom - oh dear! Not buying more food than I need, or things that are not on my list, is going to be a challenge. It's all so tempting!

Today I just have salad, soup, fruit on my list. I need to get back into a routine - it'll be fine.




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It's so good to hear you talk about yourself like that. You deserve good fortune. It will be fun to read how you settle in and make your space truly yours.

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It was quiet last night - and I did some exercises (yoga style) on the rug in the middle of the living room. It is positively spacious! I am feeling right at home here - I am SO lucky! I cannot believe my good fortune! I am sure life won't be without it's challenges, but right now, everything is looking good!

It takes me just two minutes to get to the seafront. It takes me six minutes to walk to work. And tonight I am going to a Buddhist meeting which will be about two minutes walk.

And, guess what? I can already feel myself leaving it to the last minute to leave the house!
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I would imagine you will have fewer noisy nights at your new home. The space sounds wonderful.

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My first proper night here went well. It was quiet. My fruend, GH has lent me some fabric and curtain clips which made a cosy atmosphere. I have so much space here! It's amazing! I cannot believe my good fortune.


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Emotions really are a good thing. It doesn't always feel that way, but they are. Right off the bat, the move has given you the gift of time. One of the most precious gifts of all. I'm assuming there is a similar financial gift as well. enjoy!



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Thank you!

Yes, here I am. I have the radio for company.

Broadband is connected.

The postwoman found me!


Now that the internet is working my unpacking has slowed down!!!!

I am so relieved it's all done. I am starting to feel emotions again...

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Welcome home! emoticon

It's about done. Just need to hook things up, put stuff away and make it your's. I suppose you might be at some of that for a wile yet. At least you are not spread between two places anymore. The settling in is a chance for you to make your new home fit the newest version of you. Enjoy the journey.

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Just got home from work - the last time travelling back here on the bus. A day of 'lasts'

I am so tired!

I am filling up the last few boxes, dismantling the sofa, defrosting the fridge.......

Unplugging the phone line in the morning after I've Sparked. I might be off-line for a while - but hoping the switch-over will be trouble-free.

I won't really get a break until I get home on Monday morning after a sleep-in at work.

I have a celebratory breakfast planned! Vegan fake bacon, pancakes, tomatoes, coffee, strawberries! Then I have the whole day to unpack, do my menu plan for the week, go shopping, get a good sleep.

Another advantage of living in town is greater access to vegan foods, fresh veggies, fruits etc.


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Cornerstones, yes, they keep me on track even when things are helter-skelter!
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I got to bed early because today I have to be on the bus at 6.30am. For the last time.
I have a bag filled with random stuff to eat - breakfast bar, grapes, almond protein ball, roasted corn snack pack, roll with fake ham & lettuce, another protein bar!
I'm a bit shaky.

Having cleaned the cooker I am probably going to have cottage cheese and salad for dinner, then strawberries & yoghurt. Dairy - but better than pastry! The scale is trying to edge up, so am trying to keep grain & sugar carbs down!!!

It was an odd feeling waking up to my last day.

CB is going to come with me to Penzance tomorrow - it helps me, and it helps her too by giving her a chance to get out. Her hubby is pretty low after his two hip replacement operations.

I have just enough time to spend 10 mins on the doorstep - so that's what I am going to do!


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