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April is going to be about self-appraisal. Looking more closely at what's going on with me. It's one of the hardest things to do I think. We have appraisals at work, and I always find it so very hard to find my strengths - much easier to recognise my weaknesses. I want to tip the balance in favour of more positive mental health.

I'm going to keep a journal for the month - writing three pages a day (a practice recommended in The Artist's Way).

I'm reading a book about positive psychology and learned optimism. I'm also continuing with developing healthy habits and making changes.

I'm in the FORCE cornerstone of the Four Cornerstones this month. Here's the link to Spark Fuel fo Improvement System. This is about knowing where I'm going; setting goals, planning, taking action to see it through, staying motivated. Here's a link to Spark Guy's explanation of the system. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_

I am 63 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone (112lbs) - so I'm in the 'healthy' range. My goal is to maintain this.

I have learned to manage my behaviour around food with the NoS diet. 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!

Now I am stepping into the realm of Ayurveda, eating seasonally and looking after my health in other ways like breathing, movement, massage, cleansing etc.

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

I'm keen to be lean!

".. 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: 33,049

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

1) to get my weight down to 109lbs by the end of 2018. I have a personal firewall of 115lbs

2) to 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!

March 2018: 8 stone (112lbs) BMI 19.7 (normal range) WHR 0.82 (average risk - avocado shape)

My Program:
I am currently following a daily strength-training programme on the darebee website which is working well for me - I track this on the darebee website.

For the behavioural/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 am practising making one of my three daily meals a lower-carb one: for me this means leaving out bread, pastry, pasta, potato, rice.

I am aiming to remain on a very low sugar diet. I am currently using Sweet Freedom (fruit syrup) and coconut sugar. I also have a small bottle of maple syrup. I already use unsweetened applesauce in baking, and know how to use date puree or bananas for sweetness.

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:
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
'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg
'Refuse to Regain' by Barbara Berkeley
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle
'Make Friends with the Scale' by Linda Spangle
'Eat, Move, Sleep' by Tom Rath

other websites (all dot com) I find useful:
Sigma Nutrition; Darebee: everydaysystems

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

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