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Coughing and sniffling today - I hate colds!
Saturday, January 04, 2020      15 comments

Woke up this morning with a cough and a runny nose. There was me thinking I was escaping the winter cold again. The last time I succumbed was in Budapest, two years ago. I think it was inadequate wrapping up on windy days when dog walking. ... Read more
2 January, another great day for a walk
Thursday, January 02, 2020      14 comments

Today started my better eating and exercise. We walked Zaba for a good mile. Being a Great Dane with one shorter front leg means he cannot be overexercised, but we are increasing his walks bit by bit. Today was a walk by vineyards and fields o... Read more
BLC 42 - A new year, a new decade and a new me before I hit my next decade...
Wednesday, January 01, 2020      18 comments

The first weigh-in is next week and I know that I haven’t done well since getting back from the Netherlands at the beginning of November. Ok, so I haven’t been awful, in that I have put on a few pounds in these two months and I know that I could... Read more
Letter to myself and DWL 100, Day 12
Tuesday, May 14, 2019      17 comments

So today, once again, Sparkcoach told me to write a letter to myself... Here goes.... Dear Renia, You recharged your batteries in November, together with Laurie and, despite Christmas, Easter, a trip to Brussels, another to Londo... Read more
100 DWL, day 11
Monday, May 13, 2019      8 comments

TWO PURPOSES OF FOOD From now on, plan that you will eat for only two reasons: 1) to fuel your body 2) to appreciate flavors Measure all of your food intake against these guidelines. Plan for a minimum of three fuel st... Read more
Day 10 of 100 DWL , 10% done....
Sunday, May 12, 2019      5 comments

DAY 10 APPRECIATE GOOD SUPPORT Whenever someone offers you a genuine comment about your progress, try to respond warmly to the person who pays you the compliment. Use your response to affirm and appreciate the other person by saying someth... Read more
100 DWL, Days 8 & 9
Saturday, May 11, 2019      6 comments

DAY 8 HELP ME, PLEASE... To get support instead of criticism from the people you love, you may have to train them. Set up agreements with your support people by saying, “It will help me if...” followed by what you want them to do. Be sure ... Read more
100 DWL, Days 3-7
Friday, May 10, 2019      19 comments

DAY 3 DO IT ANYWAY To improve your commitment, learn to focus on your actions, not just your feelings. On days you’re not in the mood for exercising or eating right, tell yourself to do it anyway. This was last Sunday for me, a day w... Read more
100 DWL, days 1 & 2...
Sunday, May 05, 2019      21 comments

DAY 1 I USED TO BE THAT WAY... I used to give up after one hiccough or ‘bad’ day but now I put it behind me and move on, because there are 365 days in a year, and not just one! DAY 2 INTERESTED OR COMMITTED? I am committed... Read more
Thursday, May 02, 2019      21 comments

10 REASONS WHY I WANT TO REACH AND MAINTAIN MY GOAL WEIGHT 1. I deserve to take care of myself. 2. I want to be free of joint pain 3. I want to make my daughter proud 4. I want to avoid diabetes 5. I Want to stop sn... Read more
Walking with the Visigoths... yesterday’s h
Tuesday, April 30, 2019      23 comments

Who were the Visigoths and why did we walk with them? The Visigoths were the western branches of the nomadic tribes of Germanic peoples referred to collectively as the Goths. These tribes flourished and spread throughout the late Roman Empi... Read more
Sparkcoach said list three accomplishments you’re proud of. Here goes...
Sunday, April 28, 2019      18 comments

I’ve been thinking about this all day. The challenge was to list at least three accomplishments, more if possible... 1. Made several good friends in the last year, here in France, two of whom thanked me for support after they confided ... Read more
Still moving forward, sort of...
Saturday, April 27, 2019      17 comments

So, in November of last year, we began to follow a low carb regime, as Laurie’s blood sugar was pre-diabetic. All started well and we both lost about 15 pounds, as of a few weeks ago. Then there was a lot of evenings out, nights away and Easter.... Read more
A busy week begins... and a fun one!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019      16 comments

On Monday, we were invited to friends for dinner, along with four other friends. They’re people we’ve know for approximately a year, as we started to socialise in Carcassonne and they’ve all moved to France, to start new lives, some for retireme... Read more
Treating myself and challenging myself...
Sunday, April 07, 2019      19 comments

I love having my hair done, the whole process - hair washing, brushing, cutting, colouring... Over the winter, I had been growing my hair. Every couple of months, I have had my hair dyed red, as I have done for several years, and the unders... Read more

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