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Happy Mothers' & Grand-mothers' DayISJF - 'biscuit' is like a scone, right? My courage comes in fits & starts. This photo reminds me of my courageous self. Today is psrkrun. I am wearing my new shorts, but couldn't manage the new vest, so am wearing my parkrun t-shirt today. That's my courage-limit this morning! Saw this and recognised the Spark philosophy. Slow & steady wins the race. Keep Sparking! My hero! An a great example of an altruistic person. yoga........... always helps I got up and out early this Easter Sunday - to beat the heat! trotted down tranquils lanes filled with birdsong, jogged up hills with blue skies above, flew down hills with the sea ahead! Glorious! and a personal best of 18.39k! On the 100 Days of Weight Loss team today, we are looking at using words which support our self-esteem - valuing ourselves, creating two positive statements to take into the day. I am beautiful. I am strong and capable. I enjoyed a lovely Sunday run - sea views, wild flowers, hills, streams, flags and swans! I enjoyed a lovely run at parkrun this morning - no record-breaking speeds here, but a real feel-good factor! Today I enjoyed a stroll........... about 7 miles of mindful walking along flower-filled lanes and in lush exotic gardens; a perfect day! Another fabulous run/walk adventure! I get butterflies in my stomach before I start, but once I get going I'm fine. 11.78k over the luscious Penwith moors, down the wooded valleys, following the stream down to the sea. is going to do the town trail today - in fact there are two town trails, and I'll probably do them both! Enjoyed parkrun with my d-i-l this morningI spotted this at a railway museum - it made me chuckle! Swinging with my grandson! Sparky-Nanna!
Gosh I enjoyed this! (not as dangerous as it looks apparently - but it felt like an extreme activity!) 6.5km run - just the job! #justdoit (this was an actual photo taken this morning on my run) After-run glow! I was thrilled to wake up and feel my running mojo was back! Up and out before breakfast - leafy lanes, grassy field paths, granite styles, bubbling streams #FeelingGreatI woke to torrential rain - but it didn't stop me today - I enjoyed it! #RunnersAreWaterproofI got up and out to run at least 8 miles this morning - spurred on my a pledge I made to support one running every day in June for charity. He's running 16 miles on 16th June, 17 miles on 17th, 18 miles on 18th and so on! He is an experienced ultra-runner, so it's not such a big deal for him - but still a great challenge! I couldn't do 16 miles, so said I'd do a 'Half'! 13.6 km along fabulous quiet, country lanes. Lovely! It was hot today. After work I just had an irrepressible desire to run! So I did! Not far, not fast, but I ran. And it felt SO GOOD! #FeelGoodFactor I got up early this morning - it's been extremely windy overnight and the sea is still very choppy. But the wind made it a pleasant run and kept me cool #JustDoItI was up early and out the door just after 5.30 am. It was a calm, peaceful morning, and the smell of the sea was just wonderful. I'm so lucky to live here. #BreathInBreathOutUp and out early again (hooray for the long days of summer!) and had a very adventurous run ;) don't you just love how the bindweed has worked it's way along the ironwork on this gate - I thought it looked so pretty (unlike my feet & legs which were muddy and scratched!) #EarlyBirdsaw a bit of ordinary magic this morning on my run - the mist on the meadow was really lovelyon top of the world - well, not quite, but quite high up having climbed out of the bunker at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum10.8 km along the lovely, flat, coast path this morning #UpAndOut I came across the set-up for a big endurance run (23 miles multi-terrain - very hard) and wondered how on earth they do it - there are HUNDREDS of entrants! https://ratracemanvscoast.co.uk/16.8 k on a wonderful Sunday afternoon! Phew! I went out for a really warm run after work today! I had hoped to run with a friend, but she didn't make it. 7.16 km and a lot of hill climbing - which also meant some lovely downhill sections too! Who went out without her hat this morning? Whoops! The sun was very strong and I should definitely have been wearing a hat! 10.7 km - then I stopped and walked in the shade for another 1.5 km home. But - I did it! #IMetMyGoal! I did it! 10 km trail run done this evening - fantastic evening - the rain stopped - it was beautiful! I timed myself at around 1hr 12 mins - which is amazing for me! A lovely day out walking with my friendI'll be heading out on my bicycle later today - over the moors! After work, and not feeling much like it, I got on my bicycle and cycled 6 miles UP and DOWN over the moors to get to Morvah Pasty Day. The UP and Down over the moors to get home again. I was rewarded by a great feeling of accomplishment, and some beautiful views! This photo is of Lanyon Quoit (neolithic) (and an engine house in the distance) My big victory for today is getting through it on-plan, and not giving in to the temptation of chocolate! #BeStrong #Sparking this info-graphic about 'forward' and 'backward' food has really been helping me be strongis feeling good after 2 days off - back to work for the weekend and planning to stay relaxedAcceptance approx 9 km (possibly 10) this morning doing a run/walk thing....... lovely quiet, fresh, sunny, Sunday morning #GetOutdoorsI spent some time just relaxing in the sea-front gardens today - and wanted to share this picture - I thought they looked so pretty (part of the 'rewilding' project going on)Pretty darned good today: 16 mins hill run repeats before my first coffee; then a trail-type walk of 90 mins this afternoon. I'm posting the walking as my #fitness for today. The photo is of a 'stepped stone stile' - I love the granite stiles I've had a lovely restorative Sunday - lucky me, eh? I'm working this afternoon/evening, so took the opportunity to get a walk to a lovely local garden this morning (National Trust) #GreenTherapy It's today - Global Climate Strike Well, my pace was 20:47/km because a lot of it was climbing over rocks on the coast path! It was a tough walk but I really enjoyed it. If you'd like to see some photos of Poldark country I've posted some in my blog today.
This photo is some of the steps up to The Minnack Theatre (the 'escape route') at Porthcurno in Cornwall, UKIt's been raining all night!!I stuck to my diet plan todayis taking a Louse Hay affirmation with me as I head back to work todayinformation is keyThis was the beautiful Autumn evening sunshine in the park on my walk last nightExploring new things, and learning have always been essential for me Day 69 on 100 Days of Weight Loss is about using the word 'choice' and ditching negative words like 'cheat' is off to parkrun despite the rainis Sparking! setting up my exercise plans for the coming weekgratitude and kindness go hand-in-hand - I'm so grateful for Spark People and all my Spark Friends thank you for Happy Birthday Goodies - my birthday isn't until Saturday - but I'm making it a 3-day event! my grandson and his mum in the snowglobe at Bath Xmas Market 2019"Give kind comments to as many people as possible today" Action for Happiness Do Good December calendar"Listen whole-hardheartedly to others without judging them" Action for HappinessIs very grateful for her sweet homeis so delighted with this word-picture that my son gifted to me for Xmas - I love it! I felt very adventurous going out in the dark this morning - running by the sea and meeting only other lone runners - it was a perfect way to start this last day of the year. I was tickled to get the badge from Garmin (I love the virtual gongs and rewards on these apps - Garmin is really good at celebrating achievements) This one was for doing an activity on the last day of the year.I'll admit I'm scared by the situation brewing Every morning when we wake up we've been given a wonderful gift - another day of life - so let's make the most of it. (Sarah Ban Breathnach)something quirky for my vision board :DA Sunday morning walk - the roads and paths all quiet at this time of year The Spark January calendar has a great one today:
People will try to
persuade you to go
against your plan,
whether they feel guilty
themselves or jealous of
you. Ignore them. Share
your goals with positive
people and stay away
from these topics
around the negative ones.
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r_2007-01.pdfI saw my first snowdrops today - and got so excited! I just had to share this. I planned to run - so I ran. 30 mins vigorous exercise done before breakfast - Sparked! I didn't get my bike out today after all - it was too cold for me. But I did get a walk - about 40 mins. Not 10,000 steps today, but enough to win this lovely badge from my Garmin Connect app! Spark! My morning inspiration! #LoveSparkPeople I just book-marked an article to read when I get home from work - Dean Anderson on why it's so hard to maintain weight loss! Check out the LEARN tab for inspiration and information!I'm being mindful about what I eatAfter today I have no work for .............8 days :DMy bag is packed. My togs are on. Parkrun will happen today! Parkrun! Official time 5k 34:27. My tracked time included a bit of a walk from the finish before I remembered to stop the tracker! Riohave done half-a-dozen lovely things before breakfast! Happy Groundhog Day! What's the outcome? Lazy day.......it's a Very Windy Day with stay-home advisories........I got out to the gym before the heavens opened this morning! Sparking! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with Sparky self-love first ............ then whatever else does, or doesn't come your way, you'll be fine! #HappyValentine'sDayWow! I accidentally ran 14.5km this morning, by missing a turning, and ended up on the moors amidst the old mine-houses! It was blowing hard and raining even harder - it was, shall we say, an ADVENTURE! Storm Dennis is noisy and destructive. I'm glad to have a safe home - hot-water bottle, cosy PJs, warm bed and a good book to read xxxrustling up a tasty lunch - Garlic Cannelli Bean Spaghetti trying out a new exercise system - metabolic renewalI've been at work all day.
It's cold out there.
But I have my workout gear on and I'm setting off for the gym. 30 mins workout - because I'm worth it! salad :D So good to feel the sun on my face today! Vitamin D in the park! 3rd workout in Week 1 of metabolic renewal - and it feels good.
#PushUntilYouCantRestUntilYouCanFriday night at home.......... an hour or two of relaxation. even though I'm working, it still feels good to know it's the weekend. This evening my treat is 'Emma' at the cinema with a friend YWA Cosy Yoga session before bed - can't stop yawning - hope I sleep well......zzzzzzzI'm grateful to have Sunday morning at home - work later :) Didn't feel super-charged this morning, but went out anyway and got my heart, lungs and legs pumping. #JustDoIt it's a new week :D is planning March :) ending my day with a comforting hot chocolate - not intentionally 'keto' but it is raw cacao, coconut milk, salt, and a small bit of xylitolis enjoying a relaxing weekend.take care of yourself - you are important xxxI got out for a run this morning - I think it's been over a week since I did that. It felt good! There's a helicopter ?police ?search & rescue above my house this morning - been there for over half-an-hour - the noise is deafening! is struggling with anxiety over the pandemic - Spark helps xrelaxing with a Clary Sage and Juniper bath bombItaly on total shut-down prompted me to do a search here for Italian members - seems there's no Italy Team - so guess we're all English speakers here on Spark? Anyone riding out the storm in Italy at the moment?
Take care xxxxprayers for the world - whatever your faith One of my work colleagues, who loves Xmas, said that if he has to self-isolate he'll put up his Xmas tree & get the decs out! It made us all laugh, but actually, it's not a bad idea! I got my bike out today to go to a meeting, which was cancelled just before I got there! So I stopped for a coffee by the harbour in Hayle before cycling back again. This Scottish gin distillary is switching production to make sanitising hand-gel - isn't that brilliant!
ayside-central-51928392Ready with a rainbow of colours. I treated myself to some GOOD colouring pencils - they are so soft and lovely to use - they blend nicely. One of the advisories is to keep your outdoor shoes, outdoors. Well, I haven't got any area outside my front door where I can keep shoes, so I decided the best I could do would be to keep my outdoor shoes in bags. My brother suggested a plastic box, but I don't have one, or have room for one. Top left are gym shoes that'll only be worn for exercise at home, middle left are my runners - which I'll leave on the doorstep if I DO go running, bottom shelf are winter boots I'm not using now.Yesterday I wore a mask at work. Today two more people started wearing masks............ someone has to start the dance! At home with my coffee, all quiet outside, it doesn't seem such a threat......... then I put my coat on, pick up my bag, don my mask and off into the mad world! from me, to you xxxPE with Joe Wicks on You Tube
9 am (UK time) every dayEaster crafts are a nice distraction is collecting the tubes from toilet rolls for an Easter activity at work! I just had to share this! Looks like it's going to rain - well, that makes a change. I hope it 'cleans' the air a bit.
how to construct a salad jar - for the curious :)My and my son June 2015facebooka typical mine building seen in West Cornwall - this is called Wheal Sisters, nr Cripplesease