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5/5/21 3:08 P

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Nice to know you are planning a trip to see the family. I get what you are feeling anxious/depressed. I’m rather self absorbed into my own head at the moment. Exercising, running and art are good solutions.

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emoticon Nice to see you, Brian!

I did a Pilates routine before bed last night, and that felt very good - I slept better than I have for a while - it was 8.30am when I opened my eyes!

Tuesday - and I have made the decision not to go out at all today again. Today I have art on zoom for a couple of hours this afternoon. I'm going to do some indoor walking, and a 'glutes' session with Couch to Fitness. Tomorrow I'm running with Justin.

I'm feeling quite low mood-wise, but functioning. I actually did a self-assessment on-line and it came out as anxiety rather than depression. Maybe I'll do a guided meditation thing before bed tonight.

Later: I enjoyed the art. I did my two workouts and felt good for doing that. I was so late starting today that I ended up eating breakfast at 11.30, having a light lunch at 1.30 (before art), and then just a smoothie for tea. Funny day!

I've crossed some things of my list too: did my Cornish homework; bought train tickets for my trip to Bath; did my Fly Lady task for today.

I think I'm going to indulge in some reading - I'm reading a book for the Book Club which is very absorbing. The Radium Girls (not a happy story - but interesting).

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5/3/21 3:51 P

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I haven’t gone back through everything I missed. It’s nice to get out riding with other women. Cycling can be very taxing cardio. And, swimming again. All good stuff.

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5/3/21 3:00 A

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Monday

And I slept well after my bike ride on Sunday! I fell asleep for a while on the sofa when trying to watch something on my tablet. So then went and tidied up the kitchen, and headed for bed. Read a while.

Today it's turned cold and windy again. There's a grey sky, and I'm getting a lot less light in the room due to the scaffolding that's been put up outside - it's acting like a sun-visor and blocking the light!

I feel cold - after a few weeks of sunshine, it feels very cold.

Today I'm planning to stay home. I've got my usual Monday book club with LT, my Buddhist buddy. Apart from that - I've just got my list of things-to-do. I'm very happy to have invested in a new Bullet Journal; I had been trying to make do with another notebook, and it wasn't working. The 'proper' BJ is almost £20, but it lasts about 6 months and it WORKS for me! It's the right size, texture, weight, shape etc.

I had a bit of a cakey weekend, and my weight it up this morning. It always makes me a bit scared when I think of how much bigger and heavier I'd be if I ate 'normally'!

I just subscribed (one-off) to a local food education box - it's designed to teach children to get interested in food and cooking. It's vegan. I thought I'd see what it's like - it doesn't send food - just the ideas and tools etc. It might be something I could send to my grandson (and mum & dad!). Or it might be something that encourages me to cook different things. The fact that it's vegan and I don't have to adjust the recipes etc is a great benefit.

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5/2/21 3:57 A

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Sunday - and I had a busy-head night again! I slept from about 10 - 2, then woke up with a buzzing brain! I had a bit of water, and then put on a sound-track of ocean waves, and just kept my eyes shut listening to it. Not sure how much I slept - hopefully more than I think I did.

I'm guessing I am keyed up about going out for the bike ride with the new people. I've taken a couple of valerian tablets to help me out a bit. I had my 'mindful' coffee on the doorstep, and did 30 mins chanting before breakfast.

The sun is shining and it looks like being a lovely day. I'll be fine once I'm out. I wish I didn't get so wound up about things!

Later: of course the bike ride was great. Only three of us women. The route was longer on the outward leg, and shorter on the way back. It included some places I'd not been to before, which was nice. The ride leader was really encouraging and helpful. We had a drink and cake in Hayle. My legs feel very tired now - I've had a soak in the bath, but I think I may well be a bit stiff tomorrow!

My Garmin fitness tracker automatically detected I was cycling (clever, eh?!) and showed how hard I was working. It's harder cardio that running (in my opnion)


Oh, and I meant to say - after the grotty meal I had on Saturday I've determined NEVER to do that again - and also NOT to eat after 6pm. My body doesn't appreciate it!

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5/1/21 4:39 A

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Saturday

and out for a run on my own this morning - I increased my intervals to 05:15 and a rest of 1 mins walking - and did that 4 times. So, I was out for 35 mins in total. I'm still feeling like it's quite a slog! But I'll keep at it! Maybe, as I get closer to 70 than 60 yrs old, my body's needs are changing - and my maintenance regime needs to change as well.

Lovely scrambled tofu and a pile of tender, dark, greens for breakfast. I'm going over to Hayle on the bus to meet my friend, GW, for lunch - and as it's Saturday I am free to enjoy things that are slightly out of my everyday eating zone!

On the way back, I will get off the bus at Halfords (out of town a bit) and pick up a spare inner tube etc for the bike ride - and have a browse around.

Later: I got to Hayle about 40 mins early (due to the buses only being once an hour), so got a lovely oatmilk coffee and sat in a sunny place to drink it. The meal I had with my friend was appalling really - a poor quality veggie burger (the kind you buy in frozen food departments with sweetcorn and potato filling!) in a brioche bun, with two battered onion rings, and a side of thick potato wedges, and a tablespoon of chopped salad veg. I didn't enjoy it - maybe next time I'll just have a sandwich! But it was a nice place to sit outside in the beer garden and have some social catch-up time. The staff are nice and friendly too.

On the way back, I went into the bike shop and found my inner tube, a small puncture repair kit, and a compact pump. They were quite low on stock generally. I did browse around and didn't understand half of the things I was looking at! I hope I'll learn more from the people I go cycling with.

When I got back to town, I went into Ryman's and treated myself (?!) to a new Bullet Journal, and also picked up some decent water colours and a set of decent brushes.

I'm tired now (16.17h) - probably due to the rubbish food at lunch time. I got a bit of a walk in from the cycle shop (2k) - feel like just snoozing! The bike ride tomorrow starts at 9.30am from the train station, so we'll be in Hayle in time for coffee and cake.

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4/30/21 4:29 P

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Friday

I went swimming today. Managed 12 lengths, so that's 3,000 m.

I've signed up to do a bike ride with a group of women on Sunday, so tomorrow I will have to go and buy a spare inner tube (compulsory kit).

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4/29/21 2:03 A

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Thursday

and I slept better last night - woke around 4am, then again at 5.30 and got up and had coffee on the doorstep (well, on a stool just inside the hall really, but with the front door open).

I don't feel very cheerful today - it's colder, and the sun has gone again.

Today, however, I have an hour of voluntary work at the library (shredding past-date archive material) - then collecting some organic veggies from a local growers project - and my menu-plan is built around that for the next few days. Tender green things!

Later: it rained a bit, and I wore my winter coat out today. The veggies from the community garden are BEAUTIFUL - I had a lovely stir-fry for lunch with some tender-stem greens, flower etc. The jar of honey looks BEAUTIFUL too - I am so pleased to have found this source of organic, locally-produced nutrition. Maybe I will gradually get involved with them - they operate a food bank, a street food project, a community garden, workshops for kids etc. Perhaps I could volunteer to help with the stall in the farmers' market when it re-opens - it's just up the road from me, once a week. Or maybe I'll just be a customer!

I did two 30 min exercise sessions this afternoon - one was a full-body circuit training session, the other was a nice stretchy mobility and balance type thing. Both of these improved my mood quite a bit (as did my tasty stir-fry lunch).

Later still: I'm so cold this evening, I reckon I'm going to get into bed with a hot-water bottle and a hot drink and watch a film under the covers!

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4/28/21 1:51 P

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Thanks for the reminder - I have some sounds like that on an app on my phone.

Tonight I'm going to do yoga, then have a bath with lavender oil in it - hopefully that'll settle me. And, of course, turn off the computer before 8pm!

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4/28/21 10:13 A

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I tend to overthink everything, keeps me awake all night.
I downloaded several hours worth of ocean and rain sounds to play all through the night. I may try that tonight and see if it helps my brain shut down quicker.

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4/28/21 4:12 A

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Wednesday - and a poor night's sleep, partly due to me over-thinking things, and partly rain in the night, and partly him upstairs.

I went out for a run at 7.30 am with Justin - we did a slow run for about 25 mins on the flat surface of the Promenade. It's feeling like a bit of a struggle for me still - but am pushing on through to build back my stamina and strength.

Today I have a date to meet a friend for lunch in Hayle (outdoors at a pub), but it's looking very grey and kind of chilly at the moment - hopefully it'll cheer up later.

Later: we cancelled our lunch as the weather was looking very threatening. We're going to try again on Saturday



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4/27/21 3:37 A

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I had a 'fail' when I went shopping for more paint - I intended to stock up on water-colours, and when I got home found I'd picked up a pack of acrylic! I'll try again another day!

Tuesday

I finished my day yesterday with a super YWA session - yoga for the future, which I enjoyed a lot. My legs etc are all feeling the work from swimming on Sunday, and all the stretching and foam-rollering I'm doing.

Anyway - today I'm going to go out on my bicycle. I pumped the tyres yesterday, checked them this morning and seem OK. I'm actually really nervous! I've taken some Kalms (valerian herbal tablets) and trying to change the nervous energy into excitement. It's only about 6 miles actually - although it's across the moors and uninhabited places between the south and north coast here.

So - here goes!

Later: of course, once I got out, I was fine and really enjoyed the outing. Gorgeous landscape. My friend's new home is absolutely heavenly - an 18th century building which was once two cottages, now one lovely house. [If you want to Google it - it's Trevowhan (near Morvah)]. It made me realise that if I just cycle for an hour, I can be at least 6 miles from home, in the countryside. I'll explore more now I've found my courage again!

The only thing was that she had bought 'something' for us at the bakery - so I had a blackcurrant flapjack thing with my coffee (which I didn't need) which I regretted later as it meant I wasn't hungry for lunch, and then felt snacky mid-afternoon. I'm making a curry with lentils right now for my meal of the day - even though I don't usually eat a hot meal at tea-time, I need to break the cycle of 'mis-nutrition' that started with the flapjack. I should have said 'no thank you' - but I chose not to.

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4/26/21 11:39 A

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Quality art supplies are not cheap, but worth it when you create a masterpiece.

Whenever I fail to use acid free paper for sketches, I regret the finished product.

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4/26/21 3:53 A

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Monday

and I've been out for a run (5r/1w x 4) early; got the laundry on; had breakfast.

Today I have some grocery shopping, and book study on zoom with LT.

I want to prep some materials for art tomorrow - we're doing textures and lines. It can get expensive buying paint and brushes and paper........... trying to be innovative.

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4/25/21 3:19 A

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I managed to fit in two strength sessions before tea on Saturday - firstly the hip/glute routine from Kyle Kranz, then 10 min abs (4 exercises, 5 sets) that I'm working on from Health Cornwall on You Tube. I don't need the video for the Kyle Kranz session now - I know it off by heart!

Sunday, and I slept well, and woke to a quiet morning on the doorstep with my coffee. I've re-established my 15 mins of mindfulness first thing - no phone etc.

I'm off to the pool for the first swim for AGES today. Justin appraised me of the system that's in place re Covid, so I'm well-prepared. I'm really quite nervous as I don't think I'll be able to swim very far - still, I have to start somewhere.

The wind seems to have slackened, which makes it noticeably quieter!

Later: well, I got in the pool and did about 8 lengths, slow kind of breast stroke - I feel nicely worn out just from that! I sat in the courtyard in the hot sunshine for 15 mins this afternoon, with a cup of tea - which felt good.

I'm kind of in love with Adriene again - have downloaded her May calendar, and am keen to unroll my mat every evening.

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4/24/21 7:53 A

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Saturday

My two meet-ups went well yesterday. The first was outdoors at a cafe, with an older lady who I don't know very well. We do alternate weeks at the library, taking money to the bank. She lives locally - she is a Buddhist too, different kind to me, but still a Buddhist philosophy underpins her life. I found out that she likes watching snooker, and is doing her regular zumba class on zoom. She's vegetarian, and once ran a vegetarian cafe and shop in Totnes (cool place in Devon!).

The second one was with an ex-colleague, and we just sat on a sunny bench in the park and chatted for an hour-and-a-half. We've arranged to go for a longish walk sometime later in the year. I asked him where he was thinking of, and it turned out to be a place I'd been thinking of too!

This morning I met Justin at 7am, and we ran up and down the Promenade - I managed 25 mins before saying I needed to stop and walk, then we walked for about 20 mins before he had to start work. It was good to be out. I could feel that I hadn't been running for 3 weeks - my breathing was more hard work. But it was really nice to be 'back' out there in the fresh morning air.

This afternoon I have an on-line talk to listen to from a natural historian, and the origins of our 4 o'clock tea tradition. I think the next series I'll sign up for is about discrimination/inclusion etc.

Time for lunch! I baked a loaf of bread from a ready-mix this morning - it's a mixed grain loaf, I made a cob shape. It was past it's BBE date, so I thought that was a good reason to use it up. I'm also working my way through little bits and pieces I've stuffed in the freezer compartment of my small fridge. Today it was a savoury muffin from a batch I made weeks ago! And I'm defrosting some stewed rhubarb to have with my breakfast pancakes tomorrow. There are some green lentils and half a tin of chopped tomatoes in there which have been ear-marked for a 'shepherd's pie' meal on Monday.

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4/23/21 3:08 A

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No, my second vaccination will be at the beginning of June. There's quite a mix now of people who wear a mask outdoors, and those who only wear them indoors. I'm still working on the basis that if you can't be 2 metres away from someone, wear a mask and try to keep 1 metre away from them - and minimize the time spent near them. Several people I know have been meeting people for lunch, and two people I know have justified having people to stay (even though that's not 'allowed' yet). I see where they're coming from - what I don't 'get' is that they think their single act has no bearing on others. I said to my friend CB yesterday that I can't help thinking that she (for example) had lunch with a couple who live in a different town, and they've had visitors staying from farther away, and one of them might just have come back from a trip abroad etc etc. The interconnectedness of people and the ease of transmission between people is uppermost in my thinking.

Anyway - enough of that! I didn't post yesterday - Thursday was my volunteer session at the library, which was lovely. Then CB and I met for a coffee and strolled and sat in the cold (there was a cold northerly wind) to chat.

Friday - and today I have TWO coffee-dates! This morning I'm meeting my co-volunteer at the cafe in the park for an early coffee (to avoid the crowds). Then at 3.30pm (after he finishes work) I'm meeting up with Mark - we might just be able to grab a coffee at the lido which serves until 4pm.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to try having a 30 min run with Justin - staying on the Promenade where it's flat. On Sunday I've booked a swim in the slow lane at the indoor pool.

Thanks for the encouragement re the art work.

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4/22/21 1:32 P

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Have you had your second covid shot? I certainly understand what you mean about anxiety being out ad about. This past week that weather here has been quite warm, above 20C. More and more the masks disappear. It's a little better in the evenings when people are probably headed out to shop or stop in at a restaurant. The odds of transmission passing someone outdoors in pretty low. Knowing that, It has taken work to be comfortable passing people in masks.

I'm glad you attended the art group. Art people certainly have egos, but they can be very encouraging too. You have a nice hand, good vision and a creative spirit. Some people have simply put more effort into cultivating these talents, like your brother.



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4/21/21 4:10 A

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Wednesday

I did a 30 mins ballet workout, and a 10 min abs/core workout yesterday - and slept really well - my knee didn't wake me.

Today I'm off to Paradise Park. I did contemplate cycling there - but it's 15k and that would take me about 1.5hrs each way. As I haven't been out on my bicycle for ages I figured it might be over-ambitious - so I'm taking the bus!

The art group was interesting, and I had to overcome feelings that everyone else was a good artist and that my creative skills were valid. I learned a lot though.

I did another lateral flow test for Covid-19 this morning - negative thank goodness.

It looks like being a nice day - I'd better crack on!

Later: It was quite busy on the bus this time, and I put my earplugs in a listened to music rather than listen to people talking about coronavirus!!! It was a glorious sunny day. I had a lovely couple of hours at the Park, including a ride on the little train! This is my selfie of me on the train!



I bought food from the cafe to eat sitting on a sunny bench, listening to the birds - they didn't have anything vegan, so I enjoyed a cheese and spring onion & mayo sandwich (granary bread), and an orange. But later on, I went back and had a vegan Magnum ice-cream (salted caramel). When I got home, I was zonked, and actually fell asleep for a couple of hours - I don't know if that was the emotional toll of the outing, or the food, or both, or something else.

Evening class in half-an-hour - trying to get myself alert enough to do it!



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4/20/21 3:24 A

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Tuesday

And I was awake in the night with a feeling in my knee - I wouldn't call it pain, but it was a sensation that pulsated, and kept me awake. I have noticed that in the early hours of the morning I can almost feel my body doing it's repair work. By morning, there was no sensation or pain there, but I chose not to run today.

I have a bit of a stuffy sinus - which has eased now that I'm upright.

Today I am going to the craft shop for the first time in ages, to buy some pre-scored cards, and a spiral bound notebook which I use for my menu-planning.

At coffee-time, I'm phoning an old school friend who lives in Devon for a catch-up.

This afternoon I have a 2 hour art group on zoom to try out. And this evening a Buddhist meeting on zoom.

In between, I'm looking forward to a vegan 'Irish Stew' for lunch which is mostly Portobello mushrooms, with a rich brown gravy.

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Monday

Slept well, and woke up feeling more optimistic than I've felt in a while - which was nice.

I took 15 mins on the doorstep with my coffee. I actually rigged up a seat that was a bit back from the front door - I used one stool to hold the door open (it's a fire door), and then placed a second stool behind it, so I sat about 1 metre back from the front step. It felt better than sitting in the door-frame.

I went out and got my groceries, had a couple of nice chats with shop-keepers who I'm familiar with.

Book study with LT this morning was good, as always. And I made a renewed effort to do my Fly Lady house-care tasks, and to try to stick to more of a routine that makes sure I get things done more regularly. So far, so good.

The scale was back down a couple of pounds this morning.

I navigated my forthcoming visit to Bath with my d-i-l. I had held back from telling her because she goes into an 'organising' mode! First off, she asked if I could change the dates and come at a weekend instead. But I was honest with her and said that I neither expected, or wanted, her to change any plans for me - we'll still be under covid restrictions, so I don't want days out with them or anything. I said I needed a bit of a mini-break, and I would pop in and see them a few times for half an hour or so. To my surprise her response was OK, accepting. Hopefully she was relieved, and not hurt. I did say that I'd visit again when things were back to normal.

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On the Maintenance Team we've got a Star Wars theme going at the moment - and I have been feeling very fearful/anxious recently about the coronavirus (and other people's behaviour being reckless and unpredictable). So I found this quote.



My Buddhist practice helps a lot too - but the fear and anxiety keep re-emerging at the moment. "The future is unknown............... anxiety is caused by uncertainty about the future."

I had a really unhelpful comment on facebook recently - the usual unhelpful stuff like "pull your socks up" or "you're going to have to get used to it" - all the sorts of things you don't say to someone who's anxious!

I know that I'm doing my best. I've been edging my way out of my safe space, each day doing something that helps me adjust to the new normal (and accept the risks!) gradually. Today I went out for a short walk/run at 7am - it was quiet and I felt safe and could breathe. This afternoon I'm going to go out for a short time, probably buy an ice-cream and sit and eat it on a bench in a garden area I have in mind, not far from here. I will do something every day which exposes me a bit more.

I did a 1 min run/1 min walk routine this morning, and repeated it just four times. That was OK. I'll repeat that a few more times before I increase it. Justin was at the leisure centre - having a swim, then doing a bit of running on the treadmill.

Today I've got a Buddhist morning - chanting and inspiration. This evening there's another talk from the botanist/natural history person about 'ancient grains'. The session last night was interesting - about how things got named and classified.

I spent 90 mins or so laying on the sofa watching the film "La La Land" - which I realised I'd seen before, but it was still a relaxing thing to watch.
I did spend time watching Prince Phillip's funeral yesterday (hadn't planned to) and it was pretty amazing really - the pomp and ceremony, the precision of the troops, the sun shone and it was a perfect day for it really. I held my breath watching the pall-bearers carry the coffin UP the steps to the chapel - they must be strong!

Later: I did go out this afternoon, bought a single-scoop of ice-cream from the 'we make it here' place, and then found a sunny, quiet, place to sit and enjoy it. I met a woman I used to help support, with her mum and step-dad - it was nice to see them. There were also some vintage buses around, and I later found out that it was the annual vintage bus day - but as they couldn't take passengers, they were doing a bus fly-by event to bring smiles to people's faces! How nice.

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Me too! The talk was very interesting, but covered a LOT of ground - going back thousands of years. It certainly broadened my horizons in terms of knowledge and history. There is a region in Kazakhstan called Tien Shen Fruit Forest - apparently 95% of this ancient forest has been cleared (aka destroyed), but they still have amazing fruit markets in Almaty.



Saturday - and my neighbour is definitely home as he was talking (on the phone or computer) when I went to bed, so I stuffed the ear-plugs in (and woke with a sore ear in the early hours of the morning!) - and was up at 5.30 (he goes out to photograph sunrise sometimes) which was OK with me - I got up and made coffee.

I did a lateral flow test for Covid which was negative. I'm going out shopping for groceries early today - the density of people in town is too scary for me - we are still supposed to be observing a 2 metre distancing rule, but it's not happening.

I don't have much on my agenda today - well, I do, but not urgent things. I need to feed my lemon plant, check my bicycle, prepare for Cornish lessons (Wednesday), prepare for art session (Tuesday), check my budget and start thinking about train tickets for the end of May to visit my son & family, cross-stitch project, watch a lightly amusing film, do a workout with Our Parks and get moving again, do the ironing, and plan when I might be able to visit a friend who lives off the bus-route - by bicycle. That should keep me busy!

It's Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh's funeral this afternoon - so that will dominate the airwaves today.


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Friday - and another good sleep, but David is definitely there (or back).

I really enjoyed my return to the library yesterday - and did an hour of sorting and shredding. I went to the public library too and returned one book & collected another. In the evening I had a Buddhist study meeting which was inspiring. And I didn't do any other exercise yesterday, and went to bed quite early. I did a lot of sewing, and listening to an audio book I'm enjoying.

A friend recommended that I sign up for a weekly activity at the Newlyn Art Gallery called Tea, Cake and Art! At the moment it's on zoom - but I'm joining the next one, which is Tuesday afternoon, next week.

Today I have a book study with my Buddhist buddy, LT on zoom. And this evening I am tuning into a study session with the WEA which is "A gentle stroll through the origins, myths and history of apples" (from Eden onwards)



This afternoon I'm planning to go out and 'do' the Town Trail. Something I've done before, but want to re-visit. It looks like it might rain - I'll wait and see.

I have been craving something chewy to eat - and this morning was inspired to try to create something healthy to meet the need. So I took a couple of Medjool dates and stuffed them with some chopped dried apricots, a bit of shredded coconut, a dab of sunflower butter, a sprinkle of cacao and a pinch of salt. I've wrapped them up and put them in the freezer to firm up. I'm hoping they will be like a chewy toffee!

Later: I did 25 mins of the town trail until I became too stressed out by the crowds! There are groups of people and although a few people are wearing masks - most are behaving like there's no reason to be careful at all. Our current 'risk' is very low here - almost 1 in 2,000 - but we have holiday visitors coming now, so it has to be a bit higher than that, and everyone has just ditched the 2m rule. Even my Buddhist friend told me that she had a friend down to stay (in her holiday house) and that they'd spent 2 days together - indoors as well (which isn't allowed yet) - I didn't say anything, but was really surprised that she either didn't know, or decided the rule didn't apply to her and her friend. Sigh.

Even later: I haven't done any exercise apart from walking for TWO WHOLE DAYS - what's happened to me? My bed seems far more appealing - and that's where I'm heading now - maybe I just need a 'rest' for a couple of days.

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Thursday - and another blissful sleep (I'm wondering whether David upstairs is away?)

I went out for a 30 min walk around the block this morning at a7am before things got busy - it was nice out. It's sunny, but looks a bit unsettled although it's forecast to last all day.

I could do with getting some washing done - perhaps I'll make that effort NOW!

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I did the laundry. And did an hour at the library.



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Wednesday

and I slept really well (I've had about three good nights, which is wonderful!). The sun is shining, and today I'm going to Trewidden with Justin. It shouldn't be crowded, and we'll walk across the footpaths to get there, so nice and quiet there too.

I've sent an email excusing myself from this evening's Cornish lesson - I have a Buddhist meeting this evening too, and although I could manage the two in succession time-wise, I can't manage it emotionally or brain-wise! I feel better for having relieved myself of the pressure!

Later: the sun held up all day - and we ended up carrying our jackets and jumpers! It was a lovely outing - we ambled around for about 4 hours - lost our path in the woods and enjoyed the back-tracking - it was lovely to have someone to amble with - I went much more slowly, and observed more, than I would have done on my own. I was really tired when I got home and put my feet in a bowl of hot water with lavender and geranium oils. I could totally go to sleep now, but have a Buddhist meeting to attend at 19.30, so must stay awake! There were no people on the walk there or back (on the footpaths), and the Garden was fairly quiet too. It was so relaxing - unlike St Ives yesterday!



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Separate post as I thought this was important and exciting research - I always knew that if I ate sugar, or bread (or pizza or pasta or pastry), I'd feel really hungry a couple of hours later - it really throws my appetite off. This research finally shows that some people are 'big dippers' and some are 'small dippers' which explains why it affects some people more than others.

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summary video from Prof Tim Spector
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In depth discussion with lead scientists on the research
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Tuesday - and I feel brighter today! Monday brought lots of positive things - I had a chat on the phone with my friend CB in St Ives, and have decided to go over there on the bus this morning, and meet her for a coffee - just to get used to being a bit farther from home again.

I had several things 'arrive' yesterday too - a box of 7 lateral flow tests (made in China), a new pair of trainers, a BLURT box of self-care goodies for April, and I collected a new kettle from the store (as mine had broken). I met someone I know at the store and had a nice chat (he suffers with depression so we understand each other). The sun shone too. I did a workout, and did bedtime yoga. Also Justin and I have arranged to walk to Trewidden together tomorrow (instead of running). So I have things to look forward to.

Town was completely transformed yesterday - the first day non-essential shops were open, pubs and cafes serving outdoors, hairdressers/barbers etc. The town was buzzing with people and there was a nice vibe. The queues of men standing outside the barbers shop was amazing! The car park was full and people were walking around with carrier bags - like Xmas! I had my mask on/off as I felt I needed it. The risk is currently very low, but I still look at people and think that they might just be the 1 in 10,000 who is infected!!!

This morning I did my first lateral flow test and it was negative. I'll do one every 4 days now, as long as they're available. I feel more reassured knowing I'm not currently infected, more reassured than being vaccinated actually!

So - today I'm off on the bus to St Ives.

Later: It was busy in St Ives, but I wore my mask and was brave. I waited in this quiet place by the war memorial whilst my friend went into the book shop


We had a nice coffee at the beach - we were able to sit at a table in the fresh air right on the beach.

This is the photo from where I was waiting for the bus home


So, in all, I had 4 hours of exposure to more people than I've been in contact with for the past year! But it was good to get out, and to also meet up with people I know in St Ives and have a short conversation.

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It’s sad to hear you are feeling down. These continue to be hard times for many people across the world. That some people, because they are vaccinated or won’t be bothered are going out without precautions isn’t helping. It pushes the vulnerable further into isolation. I felt a need to come to grips with passing a masked stranger on the sidewalk was okay. Inevitable in the city, or town. I read an article by a woman taking the science that passing 6 feet away from an unmasked person outside there is very remote chance of transmission. She also writes about the psychology of how hard that is for her and her neighbors in a well masking part of Brooklyn. Seeing a light at the end of a tunnel gives hope and anticipation. Both can be hard emotionally.
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I didn't speak to another human being over the weekend. Messages, yes, but actually speaking - not a soul.
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It's up to me to pick up the phone I guess - though I'm not sure what I have to say!

Monday - and I slept well. It's a nice, crisp sunny morning here. The rest of my family all report snow again today - a light sprinkling, but laying because it's cold enough for it not to melt.

I look forward to my Monday book study with LT on zoom. And later I am walking over to the Argos outlet (in Sainsbury's) to pick up a new electric kettle as mine stopped working last week. A new kettle will give me a bit of a lift I think - small as it is - it's kind of an expression of safety and self-care.

My weight is stable at a good number. I've gradually reduced it over the past 6 months and I'm happy with the way that's going.

I'm still not up to running. I did some rebounding yesterday and only managed 10 mins before my calves started feeling stressed - so that's another indicator of an area that needs regular strengthening. I've started trying to skip - which gets me breathless very quickly. I did a jump that was a bit heavy and my knee let me know immediately!

I'm still feeling a bit undecided about various things - but I think that my mental confusion is in-line with the upheaval in society generally - today sees the 'opening up' of self-catering accommodation - so this morning the local radio is already reporting the evidence of people arriving overnight in Cornwall (from the Midlands and London) and stopping at Cornwall Services for haircuts (as the barbers and hairdressers are open again today)! Sybil has her beach chalet ready with flowers and goodies for her visitors to arrive. It's going to be quite a jolt to suddenly have holidaying people here at the same time as the local community starts going out and about as well. Perhaps it's just as well to get it all over at once.

In the UK we now have access to two lateral flow tests a week (free) - so I've ordered my first box of 7. We're supposed to test ourselves every 3-4 days. I'm not sure if, once we receive them, we have to use them - or whether we can keep them for occasions when we might need to know our status.

With my emotional state being a little more fragile I've found myself gravitating back towards YWA - and today I've got bedtime yoga on my list of 'things to do'

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Sunday - and I slept well, but woke feeling quite low in mood - even though the sun is shining.

I find it quite unsettling to see/hear my neighbour moving out. She has a team of grandchildren helping her. Looks like she's off today. It feels like a loss even though I don't know her really well. We talk in passing, and text each other about our walks etc.

On Saturday I managed to do some indoor walking (about 20 mins), Kyle Kranz's strength workout (15 mins) and a 10 min Spark video upper body workout with resistance bands. My new resistance bands (I had to replace mine as they'd rotted and had broken) - are too strong - even the 'light' one! Either that or I've become very weak.

Then, because I hadn't spoken to anyone all day - I logged onto zoom to join the music session on the Cornish Language Weekend programme. I've bottled out of the actual language classes, but it was fun to join in with the singing and it did make me feel better, more connected. That, in turn, made me think of the other factors involved with the Cornish language learning and the volunteering at the cafe/gallery - both of these things help me to stay connected to different sections of the local community - and this is important. So - getting my priorities sorted out - I will continue with the evening classes and the disorganised community hub volunteering - and view them as my connecting things. Connecting is important to me.

I started today with coffee and reading. Then did YWA for neck and shoulders, which was lovely.

Today the tide is low at midday - and I'm going to take a coffee down there and sit a-while before lunch.

I feel sad today - and a bit lonely. But I'll be OK - I might do a guided meditation later. I might look up a YWA for loneliness (I'm sure there is one).

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Saturday - I had a sudden wake-up call in the night, which I perceived as being three raps on the window or door. I half-woke, and heard nothing.......... so not sure if I dreamt it or not. This might sound a bit kooky, but I went through a phase of being woken by knocks or bells a few years' ago which a healer told me were wake-up calls - I was advised to ask "what do you want?" but last night, I just went back to sleep wondering! I do have a lot of indecisions going on in my head right now.

One of my neighbours told me she's moving to London to live near her daughter. Another couple of flats have recently become empty due to people dying - and I don't know many people who live here really! The position of my flat is such that I don't see the people who live 'upstairs' very often.

I was awake about 6am, made coffee and read for an hour - then I went out for a half-hour walk before breakfast. My knees are still not 100%, but a lot better.

Today - hmm - not sure beyond sewing and reading. I have, however, lined up some little adventures for myself. From Monday, 12th April, all the non-essential shops are allowed to open, and cafes can serve people outdoors. That's going to make a difference.

Onward.

Later: I've had a nice day. Done a lot of stitching and enjoyed listening to an audio book. It's been busy outside - there's a neighbour moving out. There was an ambulance parked outside for about 2 hours attending to someone in a house over the road, and of course, they keep their motors running for all their equipment. I thought it might be helpful for me to write a list of pros and cons of living in this flat - I'm pretty sure the pros outweigh the cons, but sometimes it doesn't feel like it!


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Friday - and I had an undisturbed sleep - waking around 7am! Great!

The sun is shining too!

Today I have book study on zoom with LT, then some grocery shopping for the weekend, and collecting my 'Yellow Stew' from the restaurant.

Today's exercise is a bit of Groovy Yoga (DVD I have), and have another go at the 10 min ab routine (see if I've made any progress). The strength is definitely something I need to make a priority - since doing the 'rehab' type routines for my knee pain I've discovered I can only do a max of 10 secs doing a wall-sit! I was shocked at how weak my quads were! But with Kyle Kranz, and another running physio on YouTube called James Dunne, I've got some regular routines going.

I need to dust and mop my floors - I get on top of the house-cleaning routines, then find I've let them slip again!

Later: Everything went to plan today - food shopping, nice lunch, exercise etc.

You (Brian and Harry in particular) might appreciate this - my friend, LT (she and her husband are both overweight and struggle with food) told me that her Dad (who lives with them and is diabetic) had bought her a bag of sweets (which she said was a nice thing for him to do); and that when she'd been out she'd bought her Dad a pasty and her husband a bar of chocolate. Of course, I didn't say anything about this - but inside I was screaming !!!!

My yellow stew was lovely - the yellow courgettes still had just the right amount of 'bite' in them, the sauce was creamy and delicious. I added half a cup of rice, and a big helping of fresh coriander, and a small handful of cashews (otherwise it was just courgette and coconut with a few peas in it).



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Thursday - and I slept quite well, but woke several times in the night. I had my earplugs in, but I think the strange dreams and the waking was caused by me hearing noises upstairs whilst I was asleep. I'm glad I don't have to get up and go to work any more - otherwise I'd be concerned about the broken sleep. As it is, I can cope.

I was up at 5am, sat in my bedroom for coffee with the window open so I could hear the day begin, and wrapped in a blanket, read for an hour.

Today I have a Mind & Body session at 10.30 on-line. That's my only deadline today.

I want to make a good inroad into the next cross-stitch piece - I've completed 33% of the project so far. It's grey and cold out today - so nice to be able to stay home and keep warm and cosy.

The library where I volunteer is able to open again (by appointment only - still all Covid-secure systems in place) on 12th April, so I'll be back doing the banking once a fortnight, and the librarian has said I can go in and do archive work as I'm on my own in the room. So, I've said I'll do every Thursday morning.

I'm also re-considering the other volunteer job I started at the community cafe/hub/gallery place. I think, if I'm honest, it's too chaotic for me. I think I'm going to withdraw from that and look for something else - perhaps something that brings me into contact with younger people, or something to do with encouraging people to exercise, like a walk-leader or buddy of some kind. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for opportunities.

Later: I sent an email to the wildlife sanctuary (Paradise Park) in Hayle to ask about volunteering opportunities there.

I ordered a vegan meal to collect tomorrow - it's a 'Yellow Stew' made with yellow courgettes, peas, coconut milk etc - Thai style. I'll cook a bit of rice to go with it. I also ordered a box of their homemade sauerkraut to try. I've not got on well with it in the past, but thought the homemade, fresh, might be better than the stuff in the jars!




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As well as the Kyle Kranz routine yesterday, I followed his 15 min foam roller video, and then I joined a live class on YouTube with Standing Pilates for Seniors (The Girl with the Pilates Mat) - which was really good. I'm so glad I discovered her - she makes it so very do-able and enjoyable. I always steered away from Pilates because my early experiences were of stick-thin women being fanatically strict about it. It's much more accessible now.

Yesterday evening and night I had David upstairs groaning/moaning (I'm assuming pain - but it sounds like the kind of noise you'd get in the emergency room if someone is in acute pain, waiting to be seen!) As I've said before, there's nothing I can do (except chant for him). I'm getting used to his life-noises now, so I feel OK about putting on music, and doing my chanting. In bed, I drifted off to sleep and woke at 00.30 thinking it was morning, then put ear-plugs in and went back to sleep. I was up at least once in the night and went to the loo, and re-arranged my ear-plugs - then I didn't see the day until 08.45!!! So I got dressed before making coffee today!

I have my blood donation at 14.50. I have a live 'stretch & flex' class as 12.30. The scale was down another 2.5lbs this morning. So, as soon as I take the pastry type carbs, and the sugar, out of my diet, my body lets go. I got interested in the microbes a long time ago, but it's becoming quite mainstream now, and I find myself almost talking to them, because the cause-and-effect really makes sense to me now: I have a day when I eat bread, pastry and/or sugar - and the next day I find I'm looking for more of the same. My dear little microbes have had a party and the 'baddies' have the upper-hand for a while. I have to starve them out! I did this really successfully yesterday because I KNOW that a good lentil dahl with greens is a meal my body LOVES. It works (for me!).

I don't listen any more to any of the dietary advice about calories in v calories out - it's nutrition in v energy out.

I have to go and check my exercise plan on the N.E.W team to see what I'm doing today - I see it's an 'ab workout' day too. There's a 10 min ab workout on the Healthy Cornwall website, which I still can't do all the way through - it kills me! So I'm determined to keep doing it!

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The weather has gone a bit crazy here with my sister (in Staffordshire), my brother (in Kent) and my daughter-in-law (in North Somerset) all posted videos of snow falling, and 10 mins later blue skies again! We've had cold air here, but no snow or rain yet. At least now here in town, by the sea.

My knees are getting better - I am sure it's muscle strain. Justin is banging on about me having more supportive shoes, but I just say "good suggestion" whilst knowing that I'm in the other camp. I'm not into the 'orthotic' insoles group with super-supportive shoes - I've been in the minimalist/barefoot camp for a long time and my gait check at the running store (was it 2018/2019?) told me I had really minimal pronation and a really straight, strong, well-supported foot when I run. So, I think it's a matter of staying strong - not propping muscles up with support. I'm very much in the minimalist camp on this one - so a discussion with him wouldn't be productive! I will, however, see if I can get a pair of the 'good' running shoes that the running shop recommended - which are a Saucony zero-drop minimalist shoe.

Later: The Stretch & Flex was really great - felt very beneficial, gentle enough, but also building up strength. I was pleased that the blood donation went well - I only had to have one finger-prick today and my finger is fine (the nurse didn't squeeze my finger hard like the nurse did last time - I read that you shouldn't squeeze the finger when doing a finger-prick). She asked me how much I weighed, to make sure I'm not under the minimum weight - that was kind of flattering I suppose. We had a little discussion about exercise and she said she hadn't been doing anything - she works, and has a 5yr old etc, and not being able to exercise with others in real time for the past year or so. I told her about Keep Fit with Rick on YouTube - maybe she'll check it out.

I was also really pleased that I wasn't even remotely interested in the Kit-Kat or Orange Club that was offered afterwards - but I had to have one of their snacks to replace carbs/sugar quickly I suppose - so I chose plain crisps and a drink of water. I felt so pleased that I didn't use the blood donation as a reason to say "yes" to chocolate biscuits!



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Your Easter super look delicious. Like there are lots of different flavors going on. Getting more then one meal stretches the cost of buying ready made. Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry to hear your knee is still hurting you. You are doing all the right things, rest and gentle strengtheners.

It sounds like you and CB found the right beach to visit for the conditions. Glad you could enjoy some sunshine and friend time.

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Tuesday - and the scale is back down 2.25lbs - phew! I worked hard to stay 'on-track' yesterday.

I did a core workout late evening, which was OK on the knees, and slept really well. I woke at 5.45am and made coffee and listened to the birds from the kitchen window as it was cold out. Then I took coffee back to my bedroom and read for a while.

Today I have a Pilates live on You Tube at 16.30 (for seniors) - and I'm going to do a Kyle Kranz workout - the one with the donkey kicks, fire hydrants, clams etc.

Apart from that - there's some veggies to buy, some ironing still to do, sewing, reading - and that's about it. Blood donation tomorrow (hopefully).

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Monday

and I was really quite forlorn to see the number on the scale this morning 118.75 - up 2.75lbs just from having that Easter dinner. Still, it does go to prove that I'm not imagining that things like sugar, pastry, potato DO cause me to gain weight.

I know it's only temporary on this occasion - and I've woken up with a ravenous hunger - again, proving that those foods cause a blood-sugar leptin/ghrelin disruption! So - with great determination I will sit with my hunger today until it gets back to my 'normal' place.

I think the most damaging things I had yesterday were actually the hot chocolate I had in the evening (it was a hot-chocolate kit as a 'treat' - with a lump of vegan chocolate on a stick that you melt in the milk, and a few vegan mini-marshmallows) - it was very sweet, and, frankly, I didn't need it! I also drank a bottle of 'root beer' which is something I don't usually drink - which contained sweeteners and some sugar.

My bruised knee is still feeling like that, so I'm not running. I am, however, going to get a good walk done, as I'm going to meet CB at a cafe at Marazion, which is a good 30 min walk each way for me each way.

I'm going to do my sewing project - I'm enjoying this so much.

I woke at 5.15am today, took coffee to the doorstep and listened to the seagulls. Two local cats discovered me today and stopped, with a shocked expression on their faces, and just looked at me before moving on with their morning patrol! I sat there for about half an hour, until the blackbirds began their song about 20 mins before dawn. It's good to be doing this again, although my head was busy this morning - probably because of the scale.

Later: there was a really cold north-westerly wind today, but CB and I got a coffee and went down onto the beach (sandy at Marazion, not pebbles like Penzance) and it was south-facing and sheltered enough for us to take our coats off and get warmed by the sun!

I'm going to take the rest of the week off from running and see if my knees recover from whatever I did to them.

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My 'before' pictures are more beautiful than the 'after' pics - I couldn't manage it all for lunch, so had the potatoes and left-over carrots and peas in a 'salad' for tea.
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I went out for a sunny walk round town before lunch, and did YWA before tea. All is well.

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Have a restful Easter Sunday.

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Easter Sunday - and I woke at 5am, got up, made coffee, sat at the doorstep with my blanket - and was delighted to hear the start of the dawn chorus.

It's turned grey and cold - not very enticing out there today. Never mind. Justin messaged me to say he was up for running today, so I messaged back to say "sorry, but my knees are a bit cranky, so I'm not going running today" I wonder if he'll run on his own - I hope so.

So - what's happening today? Well, there are pancakes for breakfast for sure. There is some chanting to do - the first Sunday of each month all the members around the world chant for world peace based on respect for life.

Then, of course, there will be my lovely Easter dinner. I bought a bottle of root beer to have with it - a very unusual thing for me to buy!

Apart from that - I guess I'll get out for a walk at some point, maybe. And get on with the sewing project.

My kettle stopped working yesterday - so having to boil water in the saucepan. Thanks to the power of the internet, I've already ordered a new one to collect tomorrow from Argos at Sainsbury's, Eastern Green!

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Thanks for the tip. I've got a nice Pilates workout for knees which involves hips and glutes (and core). This is, I think, more of a kind of DOMS after using my muscles more than usual. Another thing, I suspect, is that the 10k training I'm doing requires me to use a much slower cadence than I am used to - which is better in terms of stamina and breath, but harder on the knees. I might modify that and see if it helps. I've just revisited Kyle Kranz (thanks for the reminder).

I'll take a photo of my dinner (of course!) - there was a nice box of salad too, half of which I had with my salad at lunch-time. I haven't uncovered the dinner yet - it's got to go in the oven for a maximum of 10 mins at 180c, with a few spoons of water to moisten it. The dessert is a chocolate mouse with fresh fruit and nuts and looks beautiful!

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Well thought self care on the knee pain. I’ll still remind you runner’s knee pain is usually weakness in the hips and glutes. Might want to add some strengtheners into your routine. Sitting by the door sounds nice. I miss my back porch.

Hope you enjoy your Easter dinner tomorrow.

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Saturday - and I found myself awake at 1.30am last night. I woke again before morning, but didn't check the clock (guess it could well have been 3am!) Perhaps I'm excited about today and collecting my Easter dinner from the restaurant?! I looked up how to say 'thank you' in Polish and wrote it on a post-it note to give to the chef.

My right knee (not the joints fortunately, but the muscles around the knee) were causing me some grief in bed, so at 1.30am I got up and found my Arnica cream and put some on my knee. It's a lot better this morning - just stiffens up if I spend too much time in one position with my knee bent (ie sitting or kneeling). I think it's just due to the running every other day, and the workouts I've been doing too which involve lunges and squats etc. I'm going to do floor-based exercise today and I don't think I'll run on Sunday.

I was awake before 6am, so I made a coffee, set my stool up just inside my front door, got a blanket, and set my timer for 10 mins - just listening to the birds etc. I ended up sitting there for half-an-hour. It's just amazing how much difference it makes to be in the open, and not just by an open window. The birdsong was lovely.

I got dressed, had breakfast, did my morning chanting practice and then went off to the shops the long way - along the sea-front, and then back up through town - which, in effect was walking two sides of the triangle to get from A to B. It was so good to do that whilst it was quiet out.

Shopping done. I have to go out a midday to collect my food order. I may go down to the beach at low-tide again this afternoon - it's a good time, around 15.45h - and take my Saturday ice-cream with me. A vegan Magnum has been on my Saturday menu for the past three weeks now. It's a nice treat.

So - back to the stitching - it's coming on well. I'll post another photo later.

Later: the sun disappeared this afternoon, but I still took a thermal cup of tea down to the beach and sat there for 20 mins or so, and it was nice. A bit later, there was some Cornish traditional music in the park - all socially distanced, and I listened to that for a while. Someone I know was there with her husband, who has dementia - so sad.

Here's my latest photo - the colours don't show up very well on the photo.



PS I tried to say 'thank you' in Polish - and the chef said I had a good accent! Well, he was undoubtedly being kind, as it seems like a very difficult language to pronounce, to me anyway. Dziekuje Bardzo it was a nice interaction to have though - I was glad I made the effort.





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Good Friday

I've been waking around 3am lately, then having a sip of water and putting my head back down for a couple of hours. Same last night.

I had a really nice run this morning - it was week 5 of the 10k program, and still quite tough for me due to the length of it - I feel it in my knees. But in a good way. It was especially nice today because the coast path that goes from Penzance eastwards towards Marazion has been 'released' from it's renovation work for the Easter holidays. Half of it has been re-surfaced and is very nice. But to be allowed along it again was a real treat - running beside the sea is lovely. Not many people out, but I wore a mask because there were people walking dogs, or walking slowly with sticks etc, who I needed to pass - it seems respectful to me, to wear a mask. I was out for an hour, and did just 7.8k.

I met a friend/ex-colleague for a cuppa this afternoon - which we took down to the beach and had a good catch-up which was nice. It's been sunny all day, so I got a couple of wool sweaters washed - got them almost dry on the line.



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That is great. You keep taking care of you. Enjoy your run.

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I'm feeling a lot better. I went out for a second walk this afternoon - and as the tide was low enough, I sat in the sunshine on the beach for 10 mins 'mindfully' watching the sea. I miss those mindful starts to the day when I used to sit on my doorstep with a blanket over my PJs!

The park, when I walked through, was busy this afternoon - it was warm and sunny, and there were lots of people sitting on the grass, and the people who have substance addiction challenges are now out and take over the benches in the middle of the park. It changes the atmosphere. However, there are other places to go.

Justin has just messaged me to say he won't manage to run on Friday (tomorrow) or Sunday - maybe Tuesday. Whilst I am bit concerned about him, it has taken me back to where I was a couple of days ago where I said I won't change my plans for him. I'm going to keep going with my every-other-day runs.

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Thinking of ways to improve on a recipe can be a fun addition to the treat itself. Robin is 4 ... wow.

I hope you get your mood swing the right way. I have a lot of time on my hands to feel the pendulum swing of mood through a day. We will keep positive.

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The Easter Eggs could be improved I think. If I made them again, I think I'd use ground almonds with orange zest mixed into it, so that there was a nice moist, orange flavour right through. Or use vanilla and coconut for the 'white' and ground almonds and orange zest for the 'yolk'.



So - Thursday - and I kind of turned a corner this morning, deciding I need to be more pro-active in picking myself up moodwise. So, several good things happened today.

I got the laundry done while the sun was shining.
I picked up the April book club book from the library, and renewed my library card and got given a cute new card from the children's collection with an illustration of a Cornish Chough reading a book on it - it makes me smile.
I got a take-away coffee and took it to a sunny, elevated bench in the local churchyard, where I could sit and soak up some sun and look at the sea.
I also signed up to collect finish tokens at parkrun when it re-starts on 5th June

I have bought a ticket for Glastonbury livestream in May, and a ticket to go to Paradise Park (wildlife/bird sanctuary in Hayle) later this month after the schools go back after Easter. That's three nice things to look forward to.

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Well, guess what - I had a message at 6.30am to say Justin didn't feel up to running today. I went out anyway - and perhaps it taught me something. I did a run/walk interval thing from couch25k w4d3 which was just right actually - I enjoyed it.

My grandson was 4yrs old yesterday - and I actually FORGOT on the day because I'd sent his card and present a couple of weeks' ago! But my son sent me a sweet video of him opening the present I sent. He was at nursery during the day, so at least had a kind of party he couldn't have had at home. I can share this one as they've put it on facebook.



[I'm particularly touched to see him wearing a t-shirt I gave him when he was 3, which now fits him - it says "I am Robin" on the front (like Robin from Batman).]

Today I am going to get myself a take-out salad box from the organic store - I'm making this a Wednesday thing (my retirement timetable is slowly developing). And I had an email from Dr Rupy this morning with just the right messages for me - first a great recipe for making a stuffed date kind of 'easter egg' treat with medjool dates stuffed with coconut and orange zest, then dipped in melted vegan 85% chocolate. Ideal! And a link to a podcast about sugar and it's negative effects.

- Types of sugar and their various forms
- Why Artificial sweeteners could be just as problematic
- Why children are uniquely vulnerable to sugar
- How problems with sugar can be independent of weight
- Why sugar IS addictive
- Refined carbohydrates and how they can have similar effects
- Sugar, Inflammation and the brain
- The mechanisms of how sugar impacts the liver, behaviour and mood
- Policies to protect ourselves in the future
- Tips to lessen our sugar burden

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I'm guessing that you (Brian and Harry in particular!) may have already come across Dr Emily Ventura?

What else today? Stitching and ebooks!! It's become my current Main Thing!

Later: I made the orange Easter cream eggs - bought an organic orange, a box of Medjool dates, and some 100% cacao chocolate (no dairy or sugar in it) - they look very special and smell divine due to the orange zest.

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Yes, mutual support is invaluable - practical and emotional.

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3/30/21 12:16 P

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Good progress on the project. It looks good. Fun to add some artistic interpretation to what is first started by your brother through the table he gave you. I’m finding it all very cool and connected.

Changing the clock is a pain. It causes really issues in our bodies. Every time change the debate rekindles to get rid of the time change. But like all debates these days breaks down in nobody is willing to change or agree.

You can change though. Had I been on top of things, I would ed have tapped out a lengthy support of sticking to your running plan. But, it’s good to be flexible to support and be supported by Justin.

Brian
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3/30/21 6:36 A

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Tuesday - and the run has been done today - nice morning. We did 30 mins on a mixed elevation route - and tomorrow we'll do a walk/run for 30 mins on the flat of the promenade/sea front.

I feel tired again - in a sleepy way. I went straight up to the shop after my run, so won't be going out again today.

Sewing, ironing, reading - the high life. I might crack a jigsaw out.

Gill

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3/29/21 10:31 A

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Monday - and the time-change caught up with me today! I ended up not eating lunch until 3pm new time!

Our rules have changed slightly today - 6 people can meet outdoors (or two households that might make more than 6), and outdoor sports can re-start (golf, tennis, basketball etc). Personally, I'm not going out unless I have to. I'm on Day 8 post-vaccination, and they say 21 days before protection kicks in.

The sun is shining - it's a nice day. But I'm not going out today. Schools will break for Easter on Thursday 1st April - until 19th April - though not sure how many schools are staggering attendance etc. But I'm sure life on the street will be a lot busier from Saturday, 2nd April. (I just heard a flock of seven school children come past - two went into one of the houses opposite, guess they're a kind of school bubble. They all sounded very cheerful - that's nice - now they're all standing together in the street again - perhaps they just popped in to dump their bags or something).

My next run days will be Tuesday (with Justin), then Thursday and Saturday. Justin is working Thurs and Sat, but I said we can just do our own thing on days when we can't run together. I felt reluctant to really change my running days because his work might change at the last minute. It was quite a big thing for me NOT to adjust my running days to fit him - to shake off a feeling of being responsible for supporting him to run by meeting up with him. My own habit is important to me. I've just started on Days 61-70 in the 100 MORE DWL book which is about identifying emotions - and thinking about my needs. I don't need to be a facilitator and enabler ALL the time.

It's dead quiet here today. I've done a book study zoom with LT - always good. And made an oven-cooked curried cauliflower dish for my lunch, which was worth waiting for. I added a few chickpeas and green peas for protein. Basically passata with curry powder in a dish, mini-cauliflower on top, basted with oil and curry powder. Surprisingly good.

More sewing now - it's coming on, and I'm running out of thread! It's keeping my hands busy though - and off the idea of food. I've been enjoying audio-books as I sew. Other things are getting a bit neglected - but who cares, really?!

Later: workout done. and rushed to eat my third meal before it got too late - I've really lost track of the clock today!

Guess what - I changed my mind about the running arrangements and suggested to Justin we could do 30 mins Tuesday morning, and Wednesday morning, then run again on Friday. He was really pleased!


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 3/29/2021 (15:24)
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3/28/21 6:14 A

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Sunday and I woke in the night, and again early morning - I think it's because our clocks went forward an hour last night (British Summer Time) and I was anxious about getting up at the right time for my run with Justin! So, I was up with coffee at 5am (which was really 4am etc etc). Anyway, we had a good run of an hour, with a 5 min walk break in the middle - and covered almost 10k. It's very windy out. I've taken advantage and hand-washed all my running gear and pegged it out very firmly on the line

I've made a little rhubarb crumble for lunch, and will make some custard to go with it - a bit of home-baked treat.

Gill

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3/27/21 1:52 P

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I had a zoom meeting this morning.
I bothered to make myself a nice chickpea tagine for lunch.
I did a 1hr 10k step walking video workout!
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there's some live-stream music on facebook this evening after which I reckon I'm going to watch a film as it's Saturday night.

Thanks for your support - I'm feeling a lot brighter after the workout.

Progress after 5 days


and the table it's based on


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Gill

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"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

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3/27/21 10:22 A

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You get a lift from the sunshine no matter how short it stays. Take care today.

Brian
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