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In July I made really good progress in getting more fun things into my life and I felt a lot happier as a result - so my aim is to keep that going. It can mean small things like going out for a walk on days when I just want to curl up and stay home (aka isolating myself)

In August, I am going to focus on appreciating what I can do, not what I can't do.

I'm in the FORCE cornerstone of Spark Guy's Small Goals Commitment Challenge. This is about sharing my energy and inspiring others. Here's the link to Spark Guy's overview: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_

One of the ways I'm going to action this is to make more effort to keep in touch with people - family, friends, colleagues. To be a positive force in their lives. I can often keep myself at arm's length from others - not wanting to get involved, or to use my energy on them. I'd like to change this, a little at least!

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: 29,434

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

1) to keep my weight around 8 stone 1lbs (my ticker is currently showing 113lbs as my goal to maintain) with a 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!

August 2017: 8 stone 2lbs (114lbs) BMI 20.2 (normal range) WHR 0.82 (moderate 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 making one of my three daily meals a lower-carb one: for me this means leaving out bread, pastry, pasta, potato, rice. It worked well for me during March, when I experimented with it, so I'm continuing.

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

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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    Funny how when you can’t change the circumstances, yet you change your attitude, often the circumstances change too. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    22 hours ago
    I have felt self-conscious when traveling and ordering food to eat. I am short an feel like there's small, medium and ME, lol! It is hard when I've been in a car and maybe slept through a meal, that when I order, I feel like people are watching me and thinking, "Why is she eating a sandwich and fries, when she could eat a salad?"

    I do think we allow ourselves to feel comfortable eating, when we are alone and not out in public. This can be dangerous if you binge and I think could lead to hiding to eat so nobody sees. I think this is what people that are bulimic do.

    I think I don't eat food at my son's because the food is not mine. If he is having us to come over to eat a meal, it is different. My point was about my own self-control, I am not tempted to sneak food there. If the temptation is in my house, I eat it and will have more than a normal portion sometimes binging on other things too.
    2 days ago
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    We are all but a reflection of one another, all part of the same whole. Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    4 days ago
  • v BDTHOM
    Thanks for joining me for goodie coffee. I enjoyed hearing about your Monday walk. It does sound like a good running route. Keep managing your energy and your time while getting through this long work week. Friday bring a fun day of AoP.
    5 days ago
    You would think that libraries would want the books. I knew a man that worked at a paper mill and books were sent there to be destroyed and made into new paper. At least Wonder Book recycles books and they don't end up in land fills.
    6 days ago
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