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Stress is a stressy word, don't you think? I've decided on a new approach during May; I'm going to practise mellowing out! (in the sense of: to become more relaxed and calm)

I am 61 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone 7lbs - 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!

The Plan for 2016

- I am continuing to work with Spark Guy's Ultimate SparkLife Challenge by posting daily in my Community Journal.

- I am continuing to learn Tai Chi using a Beginners DVD by Christopher Pei, and attending a class when I can afford it

- I am continuing to eat according to No S rules and to blog daily & use the HabitCal tracker on the everyday systems website.

- I am continuing to try to run at least 2 miles at least twice a week and participate in a weekly 5k Park Run whenever I am able to (work permitting).

- I am continuing to pursue a mainly plant-based diet.

- I am going to establish a strength training routine into my week - I'm doing the Jumpstart Challenge.

- I want to reduce my weight from 119lbs to 117lbs by 1st July 2016 and maintain that for a few months before losing more ".. 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!

And, an odd thing you might think, I've set my ticker to show how long until I retire. I was expecting to retire at 60 yrs old, but the rules changed and now I have to work until I'm 66. I am tired of working and looking forward to retiring! Having it on a ticker shows me exactly how many days - and inspires me to take on challenges and projects along the way.

Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 18,890

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

1) to keep my weight under 8 stone 7lbs

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!

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

mostly-vegan food:-

McDougall starch-based plant-based diet

Happy Herbivore vegan fat-free/low fat recipes

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

creating a running habit - aiming for 2-3 times a week

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 which involves me in lots of activities.

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
'Caffeine Blues - wake up to the hidden dangers of America's #1 durg' by Stephen Cherniske
'Raw Emotions' by Angela Stokes
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle

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

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    Hello! Thanks for your comment! emoticon I'm glad you picked up Dr. Gregor's book. I hope you like it as much as I did. I'm a biochemist, so I really appreciated how he backs up his recommendations with what's published in the scientific journals. It convinced me. While I've always known it's better to eat more fruits and vegetables and less fatty and processed foods, I was never motivated to until I started listening to the book and was actually given the evidence. The diet change has taken some getting used to on my part since I pretty much lived by the diet philosophy that I simply needed to "eat less", all things in moderation, no bad foods, etc. But I feel so much better and I really feel like I am able to eat more! I wish you the best of success on your goals this summer!
    21 hours ago
  • v DSJB9999
    Hope work hasn't been too challenging today!

    I went to my WI tonight and had lost 1lb and was exactly at my target of 12 - 9, REALLY PLEASED but have been working at it!
    Someone actually said to me tonight as I stayed to my Slimming World class
    'You look like you shouldn't be here'
    and I replied 'Thats why I AM HERE because I need to come here at least monthly to keep on-top of things'!!!!!

    emoticon emoticon Donna xxx emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    I am actually thinking for when my little girl is bigger, actually giving her a score card to play!

    Men with tops off soon as the sun glints behind a cloud is a horrific one to look for, pasty winter skin in half sunlight... *shudders* though not as bad as when I lived in Scotland and there was honestly this guy who walked around nearly all year in nothing but jeans and a string vest!
    2 days ago
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    3 days ago
  • v BETRHO48
    Thanks for the goodie, Gill!
    I have been learning a lot about spinal nerves lately - this is relative to my recent neck surgery 3 weeks ago. I have been meaning to blog about it at some point, and I will when I can sit down long enough to type it out. I am not supposed to spend much time on the computer for a while because of how it positions my neck (surgeon's orders).

    emoticon Hoping you heal quickly!
    5 days ago
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