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Thursday, April 17, 2014

I went shopping this morning, set off early. Got a bus and went to Marks and Spencer's on Oxford Street. I very rarely go down there but I wanted to get some eater eggs and hot cross buns. I walked through the home dept. I stood with t mouth open. I was amazed at how beautiful and bright everything was and how desirable. I am a person who hates shopping and very rarely buys anything I don't need. Ah so this is the consumer society I thought.
The food hall was full of goodies. I noticed that a lot of food was half price! So I got some grapes, strawberries, fish for tomorrow and a box of Chinese food for Saturday all reduced. I was well pleased. When I went to pay I had an old gift voucher that a lady had given me when I left work. I.thought it was for 20 but it was for 45! Result! I shall definitely go down again early morning because of the reduced prices, cheaper than my usual shop.
My daughter took me to a garden centre and we got some plants for my garden, then I spent the afternoon planting lavender , geraniums and margaritas.
Today is Maundy Thursday so I will go to Mass this evening. I was asked if I would like my feet washed, but I said no. Then we watch in the church for a few hours.
So I am posting this blog a bit earlier than usual.

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SWEETNEEY 4/19/2014 4:22AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day

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INFLATED 4/18/2014 11:53PM

    I love a good deal! I am working on a $100 gift card through Swagbucks. As was said prices are climbing. There is some sort of bug that is killing banana trees, but it doesn't eat the fruit. I heard lettuce will go up in price because of drought in California.

I pray and ask God to have me see sale prices and then go to where the good prices are.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/18/2014 12:01PM

    I love it when I get great savings! Good job! Happy Easter!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/17/2014 1:34PM

    Yes, that is the consumer-driven society! The plants sound great ...we will have more snow and few more freezes until about mid-May when I can plant stuff...but I keep looking at it. Decided better to let them tend the lavendar than me for a month!

Loved your story about the gift certificate. Doesn't that just make you smile. And happy to hear you found a place with nice produce and cheaper than where you are shopping now. Grocery prices are going sky high and we are all looking for good deals. I bought a 5 gallon bucket of tart cherries=frozen. Had to partially thaw them so I could re-portion into quarts but they are SO good and it was just a deal I couldn't let go!

Enjoy your holy week festivities!

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MILPAM3 4/17/2014 1:05PM

  It sounds like a lovely day. Happy Easter. May your day be blessed.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

So historic day, after two years I made it to a hairdresser. I used to go to a hairdresser at work, for almost 17 years. This was well inside my comfort zone. When I left work I couldn't face finding a new hairdresser, especially as I was so overweight. I dreaded the looks and being made to feel - well inferior. So I started cutting my own hair, a little bit here a little bit there. Only problem was I couldn't see to cut the back. Last year I was at my heaviest and could hardly walk ten steps without stopping. I was almost terrified of going anywhere new, never mind a hairdresser salon. I was a self made agoraphobic.
Well I'm nowhere near my ultimate goal but already I have made changes to my lifestyle. I can walk for 30 or 40 minutes now, slowly but I do it. This is thanks to my wonderful 12 week walking team, who have encouraged me. Last week I volunteered to put up posters for the Easter services for my church, walking of course. One of the places I went was in this hair salon. On the door was the statement-'We don't discuss age or weight here!'. I gave in the poster and noticed how ordinary everyone was, so I made an appointment. Big Step Forward for me.
So I arrived and had my hair washed. That was a pleasure in itself. Then I had the haircut. How do you want it? Short! And that's what I got. So now I know that in six or seven weeks time I can go back again, without dread or trauma. The hairdresser was from Kurdistan. I knew quite a few Kurds and they are lovely friendly people.
I still have about 100lb to lose. It's going to take a couple of years. I know that. I will probably have a few setbacks- more than a few, but hopefully I can just keep making slow steady progress.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/16/2014 11:29AM

    Feeling good about yourself will help you lose the weight and make you feel so much better. Congrats on the new you!

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PUDDLE13 4/16/2014 2:24AM

    Well done on the hair cut, the weight loss and the walking !!

It's so hard sometimes when you haven't done something for a long time - I hate getting my hair cut and at one point I hadn't been for 2 years - my sister booked me an appointment as a birthday present and when we got there I was shaking and couldn't tell the hair dresser what I wanted.

These days I am much better - I still only go once or twice a year but that's ok!

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INFLATED 4/16/2014 1:51AM

    I go maybe twice a year. I love having someone comb or brush my hair. I haven't had a style I liked in so long. There is a local beauty school in this city and I think they all do the same cut. If I get a perm, it grows out to look like poodle ears. I just live with it, but back when I was younger, when I got a good style, it affected my attitude about myself. It made me feel good. I would love to have a makeover and since my hair is gray going to white, it would be interesting to see what was done.

I am happy for you that you are thinking about yourself and getting your hair done.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/15/2014 9:25PM

    emoticon Taking care of YOU is so important-especially because of being the caregiver for your DH and doing all the babysitting that you do with the grandkids. YOU, MIRANDA, are worth it!! I hope this gets you back to the salon as often as you need to go. And congrats on losing that first 50 pounds and getting in so much more walking. That's wonderful!! and so are YOU!!

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_MOBII_ 4/15/2014 3:59PM

    I bet you look and feel fantastic!
Super congratulations for getting out of the house and getting yourself active. I know how hard it is to face people when you are afraid to. I still project my feelings onto other 'I think I am fat so they must think that of me too' kind of thought process.

Did you mention that their sign helped you to not be afraid to go in and make an appointment? They may have put it up without thinking that it would make such a positive impact on someone. Maybe if they know it, they will take it a step further and impact others as well.

A stone thrown into a still pond creates many outward travelling ripples.

Much love to you!

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    Congratulations on that wonderful milestone! You got out there and did something really wonderful for yourself!!!

Hoping you enjoy your new haircut!
Wishing you continued success!

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STAGPIPE 4/15/2014 2:59PM

    I know it's hard to step out of a comfort zone. Especially when it comes to beauty. "Why get our hair done when we are fat and ugly anyways." Such a stigma that needs to go away! I myself have avoided simple errands such as going to a beauty salon because of my weight also, even though I have tried to tell myself it's a money issue. Congratulations on your walking success! Every little bit counts!

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SHAKESALOT 4/15/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon YOU are awesome....glad you are moving forward!! Way to go!!!

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VIADOLOROSA 4/15/2014 2:55PM

    emoticon Wow, the Lord was leading you, what a great blog post! Thank you for sharing this, wish I could give you a hug in person! emoticon

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    Wow, congratulations on your accomplishments. When I was my heaviest I felt the same way, I dreaded going to a hair salon. So happy for you! Great job!!!!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nothing much going on today. Went to Lidls but they didn't have what I wanted. Then another man came and measured my fence - the third one. My daughter phoned to book tickets to see a play that is on in December. You have to book early if you want to see some plays and actors.
That's it really. I walked this morning. I had a lovely stir fry with chicken. Tomorrow I am going to the hairdresser- for the first time in over a year.

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SHAKESALOT 4/15/2014 2:59PM

    Well, how did the hairdresser go? Hope it was a style to your liking.

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_MOBII_ 4/15/2014 2:15PM

    I hope you are having a great time at the hairdresser! I always love when someone else washes my hair and then fusses over it.
I also love stir fry....I wish I could eat Chinese food ALL the time, but I am finding it hard to adjust to eating it with little or no rice, eek!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/15/2014 11:00AM

    I am due for a trim. I get once a year and do touch ups myself. You will feel so uplifted once you do it!

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PUDDLE13 4/15/2014 2:05AM

    I go to the hair dressers maybe once or twice a year. And get it chopped back to my shoulders. My sister is trying to get me to dye my hair because I have a streak of grey. But I can't be bothered with having to go all the time!

Lidl is great isn't it - we get half our weekly shop from there. It used to be a well kept secret but more and more people in my city seem to be using them so it's busier than it was


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STEVEN2GO2 4/14/2014 9:00PM

    What all do you think you will get done at the hairdresser? I get my hair cut twice a year. I have been toying with the idea of getting it coloured but I think I look distinguished with some gray. If I had it coloured then I would have to constantly get it done. My Mom's brother has been having his coloured for years and every time I see him it is different. It is sort of a family joke ~ what will Uncle Bill look like?

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/14/2014 3:13PM

    I haven't been to the hairdresser in years either. I keep thinking I ought to go get several inches trimmed off but just never seem to get an appointment made. Chicken stir fry sounds so good that's what I'm going to have for dinner!

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Stressful Saturday

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I nearly always start my blogs with a brief commentary on last night's sleep. Well last night was another bad one. Tossing, awake, half awake, lying awake, terrible.
But I lost another pound today so that lifted my spirits- just one more to go before I reach 50. I had a good long walk putting up small posters to tell people about the Easter services. I ate my main meal early to avoid snacking and it seems to have worked.
This afternoon my football team Arsenal were playing in an FA cup semi final. It was so stressful. They were hot favourites but they made hard work of winning and only got through on penalties. I couldn't watch, it was so tense. But this is Arsenal country so everytime they scored you could hear people shouting and celebrating outside. Great craic. With all the excitement my husband nearly choked on his dinner so I had to come back into the room to hit him on the back- just as the winning goal was scored.

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INFLATED 4/16/2014 1:41AM

    Wow, you are taking down the pounds! My weight loss is so slow. When I first came to Spark People, I lost 40 pounds and it seemed easy to do. Then I quit to gorge on ice cream cake and didn't come back until my doctor told me I was likely to have a stroke or heart attack with my morbid obesity. It isn't coming off like it did before.

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PUDDLE13 4/14/2014 2:26AM

    not sleeping is awful - we listened to the Arsenal match - it was very tense in places. The OH supports Sunderland and they've had a few tense moments this year too! Hey 49 pounds is amazing - well done!

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_MOBII_ 4/12/2014 10:26PM

    50 is right around the corner!
Sorry about your not sleeping so well. It is really hard to keep going when all you need is a nap. I hope you get some decent sleep tonight!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/12/2014 4:01PM

    emoticon Sounds like a good day. emoticon on the loss. 50 pounds will feel so amazing, won't it. I'm at 43 and very happy about it!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Slept well again last night. Wonderful. Then a lazy day.
Now explain to me how one day you can be famished all day, then the next day, you eat less and you still don't feel hungry. I wonder if it's a natural cycle.
They came to look at my fence. So many fences were damaged during the storms in the winter that there is now a shortage of fencing materials. It will take 6 weeks before the fence gets mended. I am in no hurry.
I went to church tonight and had a short walk.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/12/2014 9:17AM

    So glad you got some sleep! I have read recently that sleep is required to detox your systems which lengthen your life and improve your health. It also helps you to lose weight. So enjoy your sleep.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/12/2014 12:50AM

    And I'm just the opposite of Steven...when I'm doing a lot of exercising I just have no appetite. I think you're right about it being some kind of natural cycle. I remember as a young girl these women talking about how there wasn't enough food in the world right before TOM and I thought that was weird. Then when I hit middle age the same was true for me!

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STEVEN2GO2 4/11/2014 9:55PM

    Happy for you that you are getting decent emoticon ! I find when I increase my exercise my need for food increases.

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