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6/1/20 6:56 A

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It's a new month - I hope things are OK with you and your loved ones.



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5/16/20 3:12 P

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It's the weekend again -hope all is going well with you, J, and your sons
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5/9/20 8:37 A

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I wish anxiety would dull my interest in food - I go the other way!

You need to have the weekend off - and make a plan maybe?

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5/7/20 3:46 P

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It took me a few days but I finally did that YWA. It felt good. I will remember to work more in this week. Next week I will formally add a daily yoga practice back into my life … I hope to anyway.

Work has been okay. I'm getting used to working from home … they must be planning to pull me back to the office. ;) I talked to a colleague and there could be some office time coming if they get me involved in some upcoming projects. That would be okay.

Last night I did a couple short guided meditations for stress. I was looking for a recorded "Body Scan" from the mindfulness class I took. I really need to start from the beginning again. I missed mindful coffee this morning. Slept in a little then got distracted with work. It was cold outside under clear blue sky. I decided to wait for the air temperature to warm up a little then try again.

I have lost weight, which I needed to do. Maybe a little too fast. Anxiety seems to have dulled my interest in food. I'm not even interested in going shopping. I need to balance all this out somehow.

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5/5/20 3:48 A

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Yes - YWA too?


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5/4/20 11:17 P

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Thank you, Gill. I relaxed a little over the weekend. I don’t have to log into work otherwise it can look a lot like the weekdays.

My weight is down since the lockdown started. That’s a good thing. The stress has and continues to get to me. I keep making stress reduction a priority. It’s not always easy with my son living with me. I went for a walk around the neighborhood on Sunday. The sun was out.

Monday has been kind of a high stress day, work, son and J. I actually have the least stress. I think I’m absorbing it like a sponge. Time to pull out the stress and mindfulness books.

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5/3/20 4:10 A

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I hope your weekend is going well.

I've forgotten all about the daily dozen!

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4/28/20 10:06 P

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That's funny! I got a good laugh at the start (yes, the link took me to the beginning) Canadian geese are among the most aggressive parents at the park. I've seen that look before. Just before they charges at me. The babies are cute.

Work keeps me busy and when I need a break there is always some kitchen clean-up to be done. Today it was sweeping along the edges of the rooms. The cat is shedding. I feel a little invaded by work. J works from home all the time. She has trouble noticing she also works all the time.

My current program is: eat healthy, lose extra pounds, get 8 hours of sleep a night, maintain physical distancing, and mindful coffee/meditation. It's time for the annual Food Revolution Summit, with John Robins. I have listened to one interview a day to inspire the healthy eating. I don't feel a need to listen to them all, eating to fight cancer, or diabetes, or heart disease, etc. I keep it to the best, Dr. Joel Fuhrman on Monday and Dr. Gregor today. I probably should get out the daily-dozen checkoff list and magnet it to the fridge again.

I'm working to reprogram the animals to get up at 6am instead of 4:30. The cat will always get up half and hour early. Since I don't need to commute to work, I should be able to sleep later.

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4/28/20 2:29 P

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Yes, mental health is a big issue in the current situation. And it's hard to be mindful, isn't it.

Here's something nice for you - and the dogs maybe - it's a cool channel done by a guy who lives here in Cornwall - he's got loads of videos for cats to watch etc. They're really good.

youtu.be/GIRP0y52R3I

(when I tested this link, it seems to jump to the end - you'll need to click back to the beginning)


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4/28/20 11:46 A

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Thank you Gill. I'm doing okay.

My exercise is pretty much nothing. Occasional walk and yard and house work. My concentration is still on eating healthy. I have seen the weight come off. My biggest concern health wise is stress. I'm just sooo stressed out by everything. I'm working on it though.

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4/23/20 3:50 P

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Work at home orders are extended through May now. My supervisor sent out an email asking how telecommuting is impacting our work, and what time we may need to spend at the facility. I sit and type all day. I'm fine here at home … from a work standpoint.

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4/22/20 4:59 P

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These little dogs don't add much to the walks I take them on, specially the old one. I tend to take them out in the back yard for some free time.

It's a pretty good rain today. I guess the yard could use it. April has been dry. I planted a few seeds in one of the raised garden beds. I won't need to water them today.

The last few work days I've had interaction with collogues over work I posted last week. It's been nice. Today everything is silent. And, I need to move on to some other project. My motivation is low today.



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4/22/20 5:58 A

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A dog gives a lot more validity to a walk.......... I hope you get the rain you need.

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4/21/20 3:51 P

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It's a little cold today, not breaking 50F until late afternoon. Taking the dogs out is not as nice a distraction from work as it has been. Tomorrow it starts raining.

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Great - you have project to focus on - and two buddies you care about for mutual motivation. Wonderful!

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4/20/20 6:26 P

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Good news from over the weekend, I met my weight loss goal last week. I came out of the weekend in good shape to work towards this weeks goal. Losing weight is actually a stressor on the body. Choosing to actively lose weight during a pandemic does add to my feeling of anxiety. On the other hand, it's something I can do to change my situation. On Sunday I started the 10-day PlantPure Global Jumpstart (along with J and my sister) . Whole-food plant-based nutrition helps our bodies heal themselves and combat viruses as well as chronic health conditions.

I also caught the end of an interview with Dr Michael Greger about diet and covid-19. It's of course about building healthy immune systems through good nutrition.

For the PlantPure jumpstart I need to make a meal plan several days out. I'm making cauliflower chickpea curry tonight. Most of the rest of the week's food is probably made. On Saturday I made a very large pot of vegetable soup. I also have a serving of tofu fried rice a couple savings of J's delicious celery soup. I still have crunch veg like carrots, celery, bell pepper and snap peas to dip in white-bean hummus for meals and snacks … if I really need a snack. I'm still pushing the green smoothies for breakfast. I need those servings of green leafy veg.

It rains a little on Saturday but otherwise has been dry and sunny. I continue to make yardwork my main exercise. Real PNW rain may return on Wednesday. That may cause cabin fever around here.

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4/17/20 2:04 A

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Yes, we're all adapting. I've had several 'bored' days at home this past week - but yesterday I got more productive and feel a lot better for it.

You're on the right track.

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4/16/20 9:38 P

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Thank you for checking in on me Gill. I have come up and gone back down again. I'm okay. What I'm doing just isn't very interesting to journal about.

Discipline:
I have made sleep a priority.

I use my energy working in the yard instead of formal exercise. I get movement and a feeling of accomplishment

I keep studying Italian

I don't snack and make healthy meals.

I started a "Science of Happiness" course online

I take mindful coffee and meditate regularly

Work has invaded my home. I really don't like the blurring of boundaries. It takes a lot of discipline leaving less for stuff like formal exercise. I'm adapting.

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4/16/20 2:51 P

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Have you come back up yet? I hope so!

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4/9/20 3:41 A

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I'm sorry about your Uncle.

It's not surprising to feel down............ did you read my blog the other day - I posted a link to a little article about the process we're likely to go through

bit.ly/3bYky5n

Well done for taking the walk.
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4/8/20 11:10 P

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I have felt down today. The sequester and distance is getting to me today. I guess it's not surprising. Early in the evening I got a call saying an Uncle is in the hospital, not doing well. After that I sat on my bed listening to John Prine songs. Even now I'm sitting here listening to Bob Dylan's new 'hit'.

Work was okay thanks to having a couple small tasks to keep me busy. I had a nice email exchange with a long-time colleague. It was Day 6 (6-pack abs) on 30 days of yoga. I wasn't into that. I did take an afternoon walk. I made my goal of two miles to the top of the hill, but it really took a lot out of me.

I have a slight headache tonight. I will go to bed early.


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4/7/20 12:35 P

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Working from home meals could be my only structure to my day. Maybe it's getting the dogs out to pee. emoticon

I had a nice walk Monday afternoon. When I got back to yoga restarting the 20 minute YWA video. It was just as good a second time. I chose not to push it and skipped the Darebee workout. I augmented pasta in avocado sauce with snap pea pods and grape tomatoes to round out my day's eating. I got to bed early and slept well through the night.

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My weight is trending in the right direction. I was happy to see that. I took 15 minutes of not-so mindful coffee. I also completed a Darebee workout this morning. I plan yoga for noontime and a walk in the late afternoon.

I a few minutes I will make a green smoothie for breakfast. It will be my last smoothie that is green unless I go shopping. I have plenty of food on hand, but we are running out of a few staples. I'm considering making an online order that I then pick up at the store -- they bring the groceries out and put them in the back of my car. I think it would be safer for the store employees ... maybe if all of us did it this way.

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4/7/20 3:38 A

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Work is the only thing giving my day structure at the moment - that, and food of course! Otherwise, my intention to set a routine up for myself has kind of failed!

Having a virtual walk with your buddy is a nice idea.

Gill

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4/6/20 6:10 P

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Thank you for stopping by Gill emoticon

I wasn't a complete fool over the weekend. I'm still making reference to starting a new push on April Fools. I didn't do yoga or workout, but I did walk. I went 2.6 miles on Saturday and 2.7 on Sunday. I also slept late and did a little yard work. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks that I have worked from home. It's good that I made the weekend different then the work week.

Monday is get back into the routine day. I took mindful coffee and a green smoothie. I started Day 4 of 30 DoY but my son interrupted my with a bunch of texts. I will try to start again later today. I talked to my walking buddy on the phone today. We will both walk at 5pm today. We will walk separately. Workout? Yard work? I'll See how I feel.

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4/3/20 3:51 P

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April 3 -- So far today I took 15 minutes of mindful coffee; Day 3 of 30 Days of Yoga; 10 plus minutes of strength workout; and limited my eating to a green smoothie. I intend to walk in the late afternoon. I will eat a health lunch shortly. I weighed myself today and it wasn't pretty. Over all April is off to a good start.

I'm having a pretty good day work from home day. I managed to complete a few tasks that seemed beyond me yesterday. The weather is cloudy with sun breaks. It's kind of nice to be inside looking out at it. I was outside with the dogs a bit ago and the wind came up and the clouds covered the sun and i was cold.



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April 2 and I have managed to repeat my actions for a second day. I guess I'm not a total fool. 10 minute workout and 30 minutes of yoga. The sun is out again today. I will try for a longer walk today.

I have worked on controlling my eating. That is something I can control. I have done better for a week or more, including the green smoothie for breakfast. Yesterday I stuck to my meal plan with only a late evening slice of melon extra. I was feeling hungry as I went back to bed after taking a text from my son. I thought taking a little bit of fruit was okay.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast again. I was looking closely at the fruit and veg I have around. I'm considering skipping my Friday trip to the grocery. I feel like my son and I have enough around to get through another week. Except maybe for the greens and fruit for the smoothies.

Later -- I got out for an afternoon walk. I walked around the neighborhood logging a full mile. It's strange to avoid people, having them cross the street as they come near.

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 4/3/2020 (10:51)
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I don't know either - I've not felt attracted to yoga recently - almost like I need something a bit more dynamic.

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April 1 might not be the best day to start new habits, April Fools and all. But, it's the first of the month just like any other month. I guess I don't want to end up the fool.

Wednesday, April 1, what have I done so far. I made a green smoothie for breakfast. At least I know I'm getting a few servings of fruit and veg this way. During the less then healthful months I have not consumed enough green leafy vegetables. I feel it in my overall health and well being.

What else have I done? I did a short exercise routine during a break. SO, I did a workout. I would like to do 30 minutes of yoga and take a walk as well today. I hope that is not too much all at once. Too much to expect I will keep it going I mean.

I have my day's work goals taped to the window beside my workstation. I think I will meet all my goals today. When working from home, it's easy to let home distract from work and work to distract from home. I hope goals make balancing the two a little easier. Next , I want to add a home goal as well. Not too much all at once.

Meal plan:
Green smoothie
Chili and fruit
Vegan mac & cheese; cabbage salad

Later -- I don't understand why I struggle with doing yoga regularly. I always feel great during and after. I did a 30 minute midday session with Adrien. I also got a short walk in the late afternoon sun.

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 4/1/2020 (20:27)
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I guess my distancing hasn't been perfect. But, I'm fully aware of that when I take my weekly trip to the grocery store. It's crazy.

I was not called back to the office. I My supervisor emailed me before I had to leave the house. I started my day as if I had to go in. I decided that it was important to continue my one health habit and made myself a green smoothie to take with me. I packed a jar of jar of chili for lunch. Then I took my coffee on the porch just at daybreak. My cherry tree is in full bloom today. Too bad we are having big storms roll through at the same time.

I will check out PE with Joe Wicks. I'm probable here at home through the month of April now. There is nothing holding me back except myself.

PS -- I have an email from Forks Over Knives titled "Stress-Baking: Healthier Plant-Based Treats to Make During the Pandemic". Stress baking during a pandemic may be a real thing. The grocery has been out of flour (all flour) for the last three weeks. Toilet paper is back In stock, but not baking supplies.

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Nice that you can go for a walk with J.......... but risky, especially if you go back to the office. Here, they have said you can only walk alone, or with someone from your household. The advice for couples who live apart is to either move in together, or stay apart from each other.

Check out PE with Joe Wicks on You Tube - he makes it such fun it's do-able and a good workout. 10 mins of 30 secs exercise, 30 secs rest, then 2 mins rest before doing another 10 mins.

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I'm working from home today, but may be back in the office tomorrow. The message from my manager was vague, I asked my supervisor for clarification. I have worked from home the past two weeks. In that time I have not formed any exercise habits. I have started a green smoothie for breakfast trend. That seems to be the best I have going right now. I really should do better.



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I'm sitting down to work in my dining room again. Week to of work from home. Over the weekend I was up and down emotionally. Friday I felt hopeful and energized. On Sunday I woke up early with a busy mind but never could get into taking action.

J and I got out for walks Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday was 90 minutes and 3.5 miles. That's something to continue to do.

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Happy Anniversary! Gosh - yes, I remember it well.
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The advice came from J's son the health care worker. I've read articles on the subject and yes the virus can survive several days on some surfaces -- 24 hours on cardboard, 3 days on stainless steal. There is no evidence of the virus spreading through produce. I'm exercising caution whenever I can.

This is day 3 of home isolation. I have a little pain in the back that could be stress or it could be the new workspace. I just enjoyed a berry and oatment bake for breakfast. I will finally make the Pinto Gallo for lunch today. Yesterday I ended up eating the entire pizza for lunch AND dinner. At least I made it into two distinct meals. I felt hungry most of the day.

I put up the clothesline for the first time this year. I gave up drying my clothes on the line last summer when my neighbor's home construction was kicking up a lot of dust. Recently I was using the dryer at J's home and not so much the launderette. The new normal has those options less reliable. It's the first day of Spring!

I'm not sure what the rules are going to be ;) but I will see J today. I guess I have her car keys :o. It's also the anniversary of the day we met at Safeway.







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Gosh, we haven't had any advice about quarantining our fresh produce (yet)!

I noticed that I am treating my 'stash' like Xmas food - I can't touch it yet! A colleague at work said the same thing - and said that Xmas was easier because you know that on a certain day you ca start using it - this time it's unknown!

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I did well controlling the between meal anxiety yesterday. I cook a lot on Tuesday, but didn't nibble as I went.

Day 2 of self quarantine and I'm still cooking. emoticon There are two of us here. I don't know if my son will eat more of what I cook or not. My vegan chili is really good. I have pizza dough to bake - carnalized onions and spinach topping. I think I will have that for lunch. Lunch can be my big meal of the day. A small bowl of chili will do for dinner.

I was going to make the Pinto Gallo for breakfast this morning. The rice is just finishing. But, I plan on using my last free onion on the pizza. I will make a blueberry oatmeal bake instead. I'm working on eating the stuff that is already in my refrigerator and freezer so not to let it go to waste in the middle of a pandemic.

On Monday I went shopping and bought 4 pounds of onions. On advice, those onions as well as the rest of the groceries are in 3-day quarantine. It's all so strange.

The view is better from my new office! emoticon The weather is nice today.
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I think your idea of keeping those three meals 'easy' is a good one. I'm currently trying to draw up a 2-day alternating list that I can use if I'm stuck at work for a week or two. I know I can buy stuff that is shelf-stable - like hummus in jars, crispbreads, nuts, dates, oats, plant milk.

My only thought about the in-between meals pull is to just think 'drink, drink, drink!'
water, herb tea, even protein shakes (come to think of it some of those are shelf-stable).

It's challenging.

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Gill- Let's take control of what is in our control, and let go of what is not in our control. I'm starting with what I eat.

I have been sent home to work -- actually, no one said a word to me while everyone else was sent home. I took control and sent myself home. My management followed up with officious sounding emails and forms to fill out (which I had already filled out). They are clearly out of my control.

I braved the grocery store and picked up this weeks supplies. At least most of them. The run on the stores continues, no toilet paper, paper towels or anything that has the word 'disinfectant' on it. It was kinda nice to see hand soap getting low since the first recommendation from the CDC is 'wash your hands'. They were completely out of rice and tofu yesterday. I guess the vegans and the Asians and the vegan Asians are stocking up now. I might use my lunch break to go to the Asian market to get the few remaining things on my shopping list.

I'm a little concerned about sitting at home ... close to my kitchen ... close to food. I'm combating this by ensuring I have easy access to good healthy foods. I intend to refrain from snacking, limiting myself to three meals a day. I want those meals to be easy.

I used the time I would normally be driving to work to start a batch of vegetable stock. I also tossed a pound of dry black beans in the instant pot. i had two past-prime blocks of tofu I backed into seasoned crumbles. I will have made vegan chili and Pinto Gallo (Costa Rican black beans and rice), fresh home-made hummus, and more. More might simply be leftovers.

I'm also working. Really.

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I have a lost a lot of control over what goes in my mouth right now - and my motivation for exercise has disappeared! I'm trying desperately to get that control and motivation back!

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Excellent, Gill. I wasn’t that good the rest of the day or since.

We are the hardest hit part of the US. The virus got into a care facility and hit pretty hard. I feel like the rest of the country will catch up to us soon. Not a good thing. It feels like everything is closing down around us. At the same time life goes on. My son had to take his dog to the vet. We need food from the grocery store. I still need to work.

Life will get more stressful before it gets any easier. I need to put stress reducers first. Remember that no mater what happens, I have control over what I put in my mouth.

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Things sound pretty bad in your part of the States re Covid-19. I'm sorry to hear that your son is unemployed............

Well done for not giving into the urge to eat toast - I had toast with Marmite because I was feeling queasy. But I managed to stay with my 3-meal plan today and not snack - which was my small/big thing!

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I've not had much to say lately. I'm not really doing anything Spark-like. My son is living with me and unemployed. He got a new job only to have the hire delayed because of COVID-19. I think there will be a lot of disruption in my life over the next 6 months ... or more.

This morning I didn't give in to an urge to have toast ... with butter. It a small thing, and also a big thing.

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Wednesday was not a great day for me. Except for the weather. The sun was out and the temperature not too warm or not too cool for a nice walk at noontime. I really enjoyed that. Most of the rest of the day I simply didn't enjoy.

Thursday I'm trying to do better.

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Good idea! I have 17 rolls in stock now!

But seriously, even though I'm not sure exactly to do, I find I'm buying a few extra things every day.

Well done with getting out for your after-work walk. My dinner plan was ok, but I did have two digestive biscuits with my tea at evening class (which I never usually do!)

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My son is visiting friends in Idaho, some 500 miles away. I though about asking him to bering toilet paper back with him. emoticon

Tuesday, I got out for the after-work walk. I didn't follow through with my dinner plan.

Wednesday: work, walk at noon and meal plan

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Just added toilet paper to my list!

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Monday wrap-up: My walking buddy got back to the office a little late yesterday but we went out for a walk anyway. The rain was less then a drizzle. I forced myself to stop at the park on the way home to walk. I went for a quick mile just to get out the door. I switched up my meal plan a little. I ate a portion of leftover pasta with a white been sauce.

I went to the grocery store last night to get my supplies for the week. The store was completely out of toilet paper. The area's response to the Corona virus is to buy up all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Sure glad I didn't need any.

Tuesday: The sun is out (for now) and my walking buddy just stopped by to confirm for noon. I just finished my breakfast of potato soup and oranges. I do not feel very well. I think it's just tired and unhealthy. But, it's hard to ignore all the virus talk bombarding me. I'm concentrating on drinking lots of water and eating healthy, sticking to my meal plan.

Meal plan:
B- potato soup, oranges
L- black-eyed peas with rice and veg
D- buddy bowl with faro, pinto beans, greens and more veg (I don't really know what all will be in it, maybe some blueberries and a balsamic vinegar dressing)

Exercise: 2, 30 minute walks

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Thanks, Gill

I'm looking outside and it's raining. My walking buddy is not back from his work task. It feels like walking at noon will not happen. It's been like that for me lately. How did I deal with rainouts in the past? I walked after work.

It's funny because I sign on today feeling like I've never been here before. I don't know where to start or what to do. What should I eat for breakfast? I have had this feeling for more then a week.

March 2 - meal plan and a walk after work

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You meal plan sounds great.

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March 1st I went skiing with our little "Life is Good" ski club (that's what we call ourselves). It was a bright sunny day, 3 inches of fresh snow fell over night, and we got a great parking spot! J, the avowed intermediate skier, chose this day to try skiing the advanced rundown face of the mountain for the first time. Down we went. At the bottom, she wanted to do it again (we did). My legs felt tired after one run. I felt out of shape and unhealthy. I have felt this way before. The feeling is back.

I feel like I don't know what to do about it. I should. I will start with a meal plan:
B- potato soup, 2 mandarin oranges
L- vegan Margherita pizza, 2 small slices; salad of spinach salad with blueberries and walnuts
D- black-eyed peas over wilted spinach and rice



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Thank you Gill. Last week was week was okay, the weekend too.

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Hope you've had a good week and have a fun weekend.

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ah, thanks for that great link - I've bookmarked it.

I guess it's going to take you a while to adjust to having more time not-at-work........ I have had three days off, am working today, then have another 2 days off - just how the rota turned out; I'm not complaining!

I hope that doing less is resulting in feeling less stressed.

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Since I bought an electric pressure cooker I cook most of my beans from dry. Most but not all. I'm not too worried about the processed nature of canned beans compared to other processed foods I occasionally eat. Jennifer's Kitchen has a nice piece on cooking dry beans in slow cookers.

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I have had four days off work since I don't work Fridays anymore and today (Monday) is a holiday. It has been a long slow weekend with very little time spent on-line. Very little extra exercise, went skiing on Sunday. Some work around the house but not enough -- maybe I'm being hard on myself. I spent most of Saturday helping J work around her house.

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I've been reading about the down-sides of processed foods and realised that I use a lot of canned pulses (lentils are the only things I cook myself). So, following your lead here, I'm going to make more of an effort to cook my own!

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Monday was a lovely, sunny day. I got out for a walk at noontime. Today is cloudy, but so far dry.

I have those pinto beans cooking in the slow cooker with chickpeas, squash, and other stuff for a veg chili. It will be nice to go home to dinner waiting. I need to do some laundry and clean the house. J and I are going to the music theater Wednesday when I would normally clean.

I feel busy. I'm using that feeling as an excuse not to start any new programs.

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Gosh, solid rain for two months is enough to make anyone feel swamped!

Skiing sounds like fun.
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Your mention of cooking up pinto beans reminds me that I have several one-portion bags of pulses in the ice-box!

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It's Monday morning, back to work. I had a good weekend. Friday was chill. Saturday was productive working around the house. Sunday was social activities with skiing and a cousins 61st birthday.

The rain has stopped for a few days and the sun is shining. It's been 2 solid months of rain here going all the way back to late November.

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Thursday was as inactive as the rest of the week. In the evening J and I went on a date to the local outdoors equipment store for a class on packing light for international travel.

It's Friday and I'm off work. I'm still getting used to the new work schedule. I have more or less wasted the day away. I am doing a little cooking. I made a Costa Rican squash and potato stew. I cooked a pot of dry pinto beans to use in chili next week.

My son is having a hard time of it again. He works hard but life is not always easy on him. I have stayed pretty close to home in case he needs me. There is still enough day left to do something. Yoga and de-cluttering feel like my best choices.

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Tuesday I did nothing. I'm not sure where the day/evening went ... it just slipped away.

Wednesday is not looking much better. I didn't even sit for mindful coffee. I did continue my 30-something day streak of Italian lessons.

Hmmmm

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I guess it's safety before meditation in regards to council-housing doors. It's been a wet windy winter here and I have not always felt like sitting back under the eves like I used to. I have tried a few different places around my house. They were okay.

Monday I walked at noontime and did day 17 of 30-days of Yoga, Home when I got home in the evening. I had a small opportunity to talk to my son. The most stressful issue between us is resolved. I decompressed a little after.

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This morning I pulled my joggers and hoodie on over my PJs, took a blanket and a cushion, and sat on the doorstep. It's a bit more tricky now that I have a new door - as it has a strong fire-door closing mechanism on it. I like your suggestions though.

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Thank you, Gill.

My spot is not as private as it used to be since the hedge was removed. I'm usually dressed in baggy black sweatpants and a black hoodie sweatshirt. I laugh at myself because I must look like some sort of wannabe monk, or ninja sitting out there like that.
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It's about finding a place that you feel comfortable. It might be taking the go-cup down to the beach on nice days and staying home to chant on blustery days.

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I'm sorry that family stress and work are making your feel miserable.

I've not sat on the 'doorstep' for a morning coffee in a long time - it just doesn't seem to work here. But you've reminded me about it - and I might start doing it again. I still have a door, and a step, and I have coffee, and blankets........... no reason why not except a change in my environment. I'll do it tomorrow and see how it feels. I guess living where I do now, I need to be 'properly dressed' to sit on my doorstep - no hunkering out there in my pyjamas.

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February 3 -- I let Lunar New Years, Imbolc and even the first of the month pass me by. Nevertheless, I'm looking for a way back into the spirt of my journal that guided me, my healthy habits that sustained me through stress, and my improving diet that made me healthier. No day is better then today.

Currently I have a lot of external, family stress in my life. I'm miserable in my home life. My job just sucks. Over the past year I have let all my hard earned healthy habits drop away from me.

It's not all bad. I am in a healthy, loving personal relationship. I see a bright future ahead.

Today I took 10 minutes of mindful coffee on the back porch. It's a start and a continuation.

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I have had no time in the evenings either. I have been cooking. That takes up some time. Also, I think I have stopped at the grocery every day this week (except Thursday)! I will call that bad planning.
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I would like to do one activity in the mornings, probably strength training.

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Hi, nice to see you back here. I guess it'll take a while to adjust to your new work schedule - you simply cannot do everything in the morning!

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Hi Gill. emoticon

I guess I'm struggling with my new work schedule. I don't seem to have time to do anything. Adding a long to-do list of neglected tasks around the house is another culprit. Working to clean up my diet. Had a good start on 30- days of yoga, but slipped over the weekend -- when I should have had ample time on my hands but didn't.

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I hope you've had a good week and that all is going well.

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Thank you. It’s really pretty easy to put in the 15 to 20 minutes. It’s very repetitive.

I woke Monday morning to patchy snow on the grass and deck. The roads were clear and I went in to work. Snow fell and melted all day long. I did yoga and Italian today. That’s about it. Try to get some sleep by going to bed a little early.

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emoticon with the language learning - I'm very lazy about doing my Cornish homework! I don't know why really, as I enjoy it once I get going. I'm trying to add it into my regular habits, but keep 'skipping' it!

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Saturday. It was another wet dreary day. Yoga (YWA, Home, Day 9) was very nice. I extended my Italian language study streak to 10 days.

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Yes, I do feel like I sometimes have too many 'things' going on at once. It was a little easier and very positive when I essentially stayed around home dedicated to self care. But, once I started to get out in the world again with parkrun, then dating -- which turned into relationship it all got very hard. I wasn't always home and had other people to consider. It has been a difficult transition. Hard on my habits anyway.

This week I asked for a change of schedule that will change how I spend my day when it goes into effect. I will start work earlier and get a extra day off every 2 weeks. Morning time is when I did most of my habit stuff, except running which I did after work. I think the change will be good for me.

I want to do regular (habit) yoga. I would like to do a strength workout regularly too. Something that came to mind while reading you post today is that ST doesn't need to be all one program all the time. It could be different programs through the week: Coach Kyle on Wednesdays and Darebe on Mondays and Fridays. Or, it could be 30 days of Darebee then 30 days on another site. I want to maintain my meditation/mindfulness practice. I would like to get back to a light but regular running habit.

The sugar thing is more of a nutritional shift then a habit that takes time.

I intend to keep with the Italian language study. J and I are planning an extended walking vacation in Italy, maybe as long as a month. I'm giving myself over to the idea that if I do these silly little programs every day for 9 months and then spend a month in country, I might actually be able to speak this second language. Speak at an elementary level mind you. emoticon

I'm keeping up with 30-days of yoga and mindful coffee. I have slipped off the Darebee track. Work has been good.

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