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As a Sagittarian, this is a personal reminder for me to lay my bow & arrows down - stop & rest!

Xmas is not a time to try to make big changes - just keep going, step-by-step, towards the New Year!



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I'm taking things apart in December, and examining the parts - seeing if I can put them together a different way. Making more space between things. Focusing on one thing at a time. Simplifying.

My blogging theme for the month will be Delightful December - the delight found in a meal, a place, a person, an activity, a thought.

I am 62 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone 2lbs - so I'm in the 'healthy' range. My issue is less being fat, and more about my relationship with food.

I am learning to manage my behaviour around food with the NoS diet which is working well for me. Three 'proper meals' a day - no snacks, sweets or seconds on weekdays - with some freedom at the weekends and on special days like birthdays. Good old-fashioned regular eating pattern! My behaviour around food is being modified very happily with this system. So glad I found it. Check out the NoS team page if you're curious!

I want to be fit, supple, happy, healthy, full of energy!

I'm keen to be lean!

I've also noticed that a lot of my status updates are about the weather - very British!

".. every pound of weight loss results in five pounds of stress taken off your knees, seven pounds off your ankles, and a whopping ten pounds off your spinal discs!" it's worth the effort!

Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 24,537

My Goals:
These are my physical goals: I want to have achieved the following:-

1) to keep my weight under 8 stone 3lbs (my ticker is currently showing 115lbs as my goal to maintain)

2) to get and keep my waist under 29"

3) to maintain a supple and strong body into my later years

4)To be a slim, strong, fit woman!

November 2016: 8 stone 3lbs (115lbs) BMI 20.1 (normal range) WHR 0.82 (moderate risk - avocado shape)

My Program:
for the emotional reasons for eating: Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss programme

NoS diet - No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S

I aim to do some form of exercise every day - it changes! Usually I put it into the Spark Fitness tracker & I make that public on my Spark Page.

I sometimes run. I sometimes to Yoga with Adrienne. I sometimes do strength-training. I sometimes hula-hoop. I walk a lot. I am on my feet all day at work and very active. I don't go to the gym or do any classes.

Personal Information:
I live by the sea in the South West of the UK. I work full-time to provide services for adults with learning disabilities. I am a Nichiren Buddhist.

Other Information:
Strength-training - I keep stopping & starting this and haven't managed to make it into a habit yet!

Books I've found useful:
'Eating Less - say goodbye to overeating' by Gillian Riley
'The end of overeating - taking control of our insatiable appetite' by David A Kessler
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle

My Community Journal:
The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force

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  • v -POOKIE-
    I think passata would work, I think it is the closest thing we have, maybe gently boil it a little to reduce and thicken?
    17 hours ago
    Let's make the changes needed to be the best we can be ... starting NOW.

    Change your mind ... and the rest will follow.

    1 day ago
    Thankyou so much for my goodie and your kind comments. In the end they've cancelled the trip tomorrow because the ferries have stopped running across the Strait of Gibraltar due to high winds....so disappointing. However, they've moved it to Sunday, so fingers crossed it will go ahead on that day instead.
    1 day ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    I think it is, I'm not sure if it's more cooked down than passata, but it's what I always use if I make an American recipe.

    For our first wedding anniversary (paper) I bought my husband a vintage map, right of the area his family are from in Ireland, with the teeny village his Grandad was actually from right in the centre of the map, he asked had I got it printed to focus on that... nope... just an amazing find!
    1 day ago
    Happy belated birthday to you too.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog, "My last night of being 64 years old." We made our first beanless chili last night and it was so good! My husband phoned our son to tell him about it. We filled a jar full and put it in the freezer to have when we are pushed for time and hubby wants to have it again tonight with grilled cheese sandwiches when our son and his fiancee come over.

    I guess it is time to replace some of the old stuff that has been out of sight to others. I like the smooth surface of the ceramic pans. They will be easy to clean up.
    3 days ago
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