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2/18/20 2:03 A

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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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2/17/20 3:58 P

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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.

I really need to do laundry! I feel a list coming on ..... emoticon



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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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2/11/20 4:20 P

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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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2/10/20 11:53 A

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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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2/5/20 3:52 P

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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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2/4/20 11:10 A

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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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2/3/20 5:01 P

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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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2/3/20 12:47 P

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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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1/13/20 11:55 P

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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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1/12/20 12:14 A

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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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1/10/20 12:39 P

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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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Do you think we try to do too many things? I've turned the alarm off on my Fabulous habit app.......for the moment; it was starting to feel.like there were too many things I was trying to do every day. Not that I don't want to, but the brain seems to get a bit bored with the repetition. I'm thinking I need to cull some habits and stick with the ones I find easy and automatic. Then see what else I want to add back in.

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1/9/20 4:57 P

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I slipped on the no-sugar thing. Someone peppered the break room with candy. There I was with a fresh cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate sitting on the table in front of me.
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Retirement really does. Until then I'm searching for the good in working.

Wednesday was abs day (day 6) in 30-days of yoga, Home. I struggled mentally and physically. I followed through with Italian study, not with Darebee, Baseline. I'm good with it.

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I understand.

Retirement looks very attractive, doesn't it?!

Good luck with the sugar abstinence. Me too for at least 21 days (3 done, 18 to go)!

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It's been a hard week for my son. That means it has been a hard week for me. I have maintained my yoga, workout and Italian streaks. I'm trying to give up sugar but having a little trouble with that one.

Work is busy, life is busy, and I'm not finding a lot of on-line time. It's good thing. But, it also disconnects me from friends.

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How lovely! The last time I saw snow like that, and went skiing, was about 40 years' ago.



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Well done getting back on track like that. It's been baby steps for me. Xmas was hard for me this year although generally drama free. Good luck with dumping drama next time.


I went skiing on Sunday

The last 48 hours have been difficult (family stuff). I have leaned into 30-Days of Yoga to help me through. That's a very good thing!

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Good luck!
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I feel totally back-on-track today. And I'm seriously considering how to handle next Xmas with less drama and disruption to routine!

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2020 day 4, while I'm not setting the year on fire I am moving. It wasn't until Friday that I got started with YWA's new 30-days of yoga program, Home. I'm a day behind. I have a 3-day streak on Duolingo studying Italian. I also started a new easy program on Darebee. I'm 2 days into that now. It's a good start.

J and I went for a hike on New Years Day. She's doing 30-Days of yoga too, but we are not doing it together. I was full of energy to get started de-cluttering my house at the end of December. I've lost much of that energy since the 1st. I took Thursday and Friday off work to get started. I think I'm unfocused about where to start. Yesterday I disassembled my clothes dryer. Why? It's been broken for 3 years or more! I think I found the problem.

I'm off on mt 2020 adventure. Wish me luck ... and focus. emoticon

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I'm glad to see you. I think a lot of people fall of the wagon around this time of year. I cut my fruit cake into slices and froze most of it yesterday, but still had a large slice mid-afternoon with my tea. It's hard not to. I also had half a glass of wine (first alcohol of the season due to work).

I did do one of YWA new videos which was really good
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Thank you Gill. I had a nice holiday. I hope you had the same.

I let myself fall into a funk early on making it a hard holiday season to start. I really struggled with everything from gift-giving to Xmas dinner plans right up to the end. Everything fell into place as I really knew it would. I did sort of fall off any wagon I might have been on exercise, controlling what I eat, even mindfulness. Since then I've felt a combination of tiredness and anticipation for the new year.

I suppose I will wait for the First to really get going again.

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I hope all is well with you.
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Happy Holidays!

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OK. Today is Tuesday - a good day to re-start a good routine.

How was the urban Xmas in Seattle? Any photos?


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I don't have much to say about the weekend. I did some decorating. Went into Seattle for part of Saturday to experience some urban Xmas. No workouts Saturday or Sunday. It's Monday and I feel lethargic.

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It's a good feeling to make progress like that. It's good when the Universe serves up just what you need - nice.

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I got up this morning, put on coffee and went to do my workout while it brewed. It's actually an easy day. Kindness!

I got most of the way through a project that has hounded me for months now. I think I can get it cleared up today. Whew!



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I agree. I've decided to be kind towards myself for the rest of this month - I've eaten two mince pies and drunk mulled wine this evening - after intending to avoid both! It seemed more important to be socially accepted, join in, have fun - we sung Christmas carols in Cornish - it was great!

I was intending to run tomorrow morning, but my feet are sore this evening - my tracker tells me I've walked 14 km today - and perhaps that's enough for now!

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I felt down and dragging all day on Monday. Tuesday I felt much better but also like I was way behind in the things I should be doing. Today is Wednesday and I feel like I have taken a few baby steps in the right direction.

My exercise habit is hanging by a thread right now. I'm only showing marginal control over what I eat. While I should never give up and .... you know, This is probably not the best time of year to try harder.

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It's good that you have a decent financial plan in place.

I'm struggling to even want to decorate the house this year - not sure why. I expect I shall do something - but not much.

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Government wise my retirement is 67. I'm blessed with a pension from these 30 years of service in addition to Social Security pension. I have been well employed for these years and took advantage of savings opportunities. I may still have to work between retirement and age 65 or even 67. I won't have to be tied to the job like I am now.

Did not go to the caroling contest on Friday. Did not do much of anything, except sleep. I did a little decorating of the house for Xmas. I think I will host an open house sort of affair Xmas day for family and friends. Sis doesn't want to host. Son has to work. I'm going to make the holidays as easy as possible.

I finished 30 Days of Yoga program and started Fit Christmas. This morning I did half a workout. I will finish this evening with yoga and jumping jacks.

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Your good news is good - I have to work until I'm 66 yrs old. That's for everyone born the same year as me (1954) and most retired people still have to do some work to stay solvent. It's not a great prospect. UK gov't is trying to push retirement up to 70/75 yrs old!!!!!

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Once again I don't have any plans for the weekend. This is a pattern for this autumn. I sent a text to J suggesting we drive into the city for the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. I think she will like doing that.

I never got into the Darebee, Cardio Go program. I lack the mental toughness as well as the 40 minutes a day it takes on average. I'm still doing the 30 days of yoga program and the daily dare. I started their Advent workouts on the 1st of the month. There will be several more holiday themed challenges this month. I will stick to doing those things. And walking every day.

I may have said this before. I was looking at my prospects to retire and got good news and bad news. Good news is I can retire in two and a half years. The bad news is still have to work those last two and a half years. I really need a change of attitude. I have had several very good days this week. Days where I got a lot accomplished and the day went by quickly (the best part).

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That's a good thing.
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Thanks for checking in. I hope you have a nice weekend planned.

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I've been working a lot this week* and neglecting my journaling.



* what I really mean: "I have not let on-line activities distract me from work."

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It would have been my mum's birthday today - she would have been 93!

The date always brings us three siblings together for a moment.
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Holiday weekends can be so busy. Holiday weekends can be so emotional. Both of those things probably kept me off-line over the weekend. And work. I had to work a few hours each day as well.

Thanksgiving was nice. J, her son and I did a Turkey Trot 5k. J and I walked. It was sunny and cold. Perfect day for a run ... too bad we were walking :D.

Friday was my mum's birthday, and one year since she died. I probably lost the day to sadness. And sleep, I slept to 11am. I can't remember doing that before. I probably have, but can't remember. I did take on the dreaded high-knees workout I have been avoiding.

Saturday and Sunday was spent on the computer doing office type work and home type work. I'm late on a project at work, trying to catch up. I have a lot to sort out to get myself ready to retire. I continued with Cardio Go on Saturday. Sunday I started with the daily dare and the 1st day of Advent challenge, double yoga, but no Cardio Go on Sunday.

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These are the lowest level Darebee programs!! emoticon Yo know how daunting large doses of high knees can be. Not hard physically as much as mentally. There is a reason I run outside in the middle of winter. Monday evening I did Darebee yoga and YWA yoga. I have paused the cardio program.

Tuesday morning and I did nothing but get ready ready for work and mindful coffee. Yoga and whatever workout I choose to add will wait for the evening.

I should add another piece to my 5 day absence. I have really cut back my on-line time in the past month. I have had to take work home some evenings and weekends. Then there is the "paperwork" to-do list. These days most paperwork is not paper at all, but done on-line.

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Nice to see you.

The reps in those higher-level Darebee programs are very challenging mentally I think. You're doing well if you manage one set!

Take care of yourself around your sad time.
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Thank you for your concern, Gill. I was unaware that I had not posted a journal entry in so long. I intended too. I'm sure I started to. I guess I'm a little distracted. I haven't done a lot. Major milestones and accomplishments were in my workouts, which I posted to Darebee.

I made a list of paperwork to-dos a couple weeks ago the I have been slowly checking off. I add new goals, but at a reasonable rate. There are a few areas that it's difficult to move forward on any faster. I find them frustrating.

I finished Foundation a couple days ago. I had a triple-badge day on Darebee: Foundation, 60 consecutive days, and 50 daily dares. started into a new program "Cardio Go' but not sure I will continue with it. It's a stay at home cardio program with a lot of marching in and running place (high knees). I might do better to get back outside where I like to run. I have done the other difficulty 2 cardio program, '30-Day Cardio Blast', but started it again. Day 1 was really dull and there are a lot of reps making seam even more boring.

Saturday a friend helped me troubleshot the electrical problem with my car. We found the circuit with the short. Now it's a mater of finding and fixing the problem. For now I pulled the fuse on the circuit. I don't have a dome light and the clock stopped working. But the car starts every day. It's good.

Sunday was a lazy sort of day. I slept in past 9:00 finally getting out of bed by 10. I started to do day 3 of Cardio Go, but stopped in the first set. I couldn't take the repetition of march step and high knees. I did extra yoga instead.

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming this Thursday. The following day is my Mum's birthday. I'm feeling a little down about the whole thing.

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You OK?

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I used to bank with the local credit union - something I support in principle, but access to cash was tricky and then the branch closed. I guess in larger towns/cities they have more members and can sustain the bank.

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I got a text from J Tuesday afternoon saying she was sleeping between 16:00 and 23:00, and then starting work. I spent Tuesday evening cooking, stir fry for my Tuesday dinner and Moroccan Tofu for tonight. I did not go running.

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The rain has stopped for now. The next couple days are forecast to be sunny. That will make lunchtime walks pleasant. Unfortunately, the rain is forecast to come back for the weekend.

I was up early. Took 20 minutes mindful coffee on the porch. Today, 30-Days of Yoga called for 10 minutes of meditation. So, I out down the coffee and meditated for 10 minutes. It's progress because I haven't meditated for more then 5 minutes for a very long time. It's great when all these programs and challenges can feed each other for positive outcomes. Foundations, Day 29 called for 150 crunches. That was kind of out of the blue. Crunches don't come up much in Foundation. It was hard, but I made it through. Now I feel stronger!

My son has not responded to my request he call the insurance company. I'm reminding myself that it is HIS medical bill not mine. He will have to be an adult and make the call. My task for today is to open a new account at a local Credit Union (like a community co-op bank).

Then, it's house clean-up day.

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I'm sorting through the stack of paperwork that always seems to pile up. I don't like paperwork very much. I found a medical bill for my son that he never filled out the form the insurance company sent him and they won't process the bill until he does. I made an eye appointment when I found a letter from my doctor (it's been a while). Have a stack of letters saying I need to update my beneficiary on insurance, retirement accounts, etc. Payed a few bills.

I texted J saying, "I get a lot done now that you work 24/7."

It's not really true. Time always comes out of something. I might not get out for a run today because I spent all my get-ready time sorting paperwork. Or, maybe I should have been batch cooking. It feels good to get these things done.


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Oh, I'm sorry that J had to work - but it sounds like you made good use of your weekend.

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He's fine. I had both dogs out on the deck today and he managed to get down and up the stairs reasonably well. I'm glad everything was okay with the flat above yours.

J and I didn't cook together this weekend. She had to work all weekend. Saturday and Sunday I fixed most of the meal at home then took it over to finish up at her house. When I left, she was still on a conference call.

I did Saturday and Sunday workouts and worked in the yard between the rain storms. Much of Sunday was focused on paperwork. I have most of what I need to do for mum's estate done.

We have one more week of the 21-day plant based challenge. That is one more week with a lot of cooking. Saturday I started watching the short daily videos. They are pretty good.

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OMG! I can imagine that noise of the dog rolling down the stairs! Funnily enough I had banging noises in the night, because the strong wind was banging a window (not mine - I think the flat above me; it's empty but has a couple of windows slightly open). I was afraid they were going to smash - but it was all OK this morning.

I'm glad you enjoyed the art lecture.

Enjoy the cooking together. I find I often have left-overs that determine what I eat at the next meal to a large extent! It's quite a skill not to waste food.

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The art lecture was interesting. We arrived with time to see the exhibits, which is fun too.

Friday morning started with a bang. Literally. I woke to the sound of my son's 14-year-old pug rolling down the basement stairs. Chasing after Sally no doubt. He was limping a little but feeling very proud of himself for getting down there. -- I'm watching the dogs for a few days.

I completed Foundations, yoga, the daily dare and 20 mins at mindful coffee. Today's to-dos include a list of administrative paperwork. Tonight, J will come over and we will cook dinner together. Neither of us have cooked the last two days. We have been eating leftovers. The challenge is a lot of cooking, resulting in a lot fo food in the fridge.

I have not decided what I'm doing Saturday, volunteer at parkrun or go hiking.

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I'm glad you've felt the benefit of cutting back a bit on the exercise schedule. Enjoy the art lecture!

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Not running has been a good idea. Although, I need to start back up again next week. I have glided through the other workouts the last few days. The last two days I have moved yoga to after work. I think it's a good spot if other stuff doesn't pose too much competition for my time.

All my exercise is done this morning except for the lunchtime walk. After work J and I are going to an art lecture. I don't know if she really likes art lectures, but she likes the lecturer. We will get there a little early to walk through the exhibits.

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Good plan.

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I was tired Tuesday morning despite the quiet, restful weekend. We got back to my place later then intended. Then, we both had cooking to do as part of the 21-day challenge. Everything conspired to make it a late night. Then, the Seattle American Football team was locked in an extra time game with their arch rivals from San Fransisco! Good thing I was away Sunday night when the Seattle Football team won the MSL Cup beating Toronto! That would have been too much spectator sports for me!
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Sooo .... I was up at 5:00am to feed the cat and stat the coffee. Then I slipped back into bed and set the alarm for 6:00. I was not feeling like doing any sort of workout this morning. After the extra time in bed and mindful coffee I managed the day's workout and daily dare. I put yoga off until after work.

I noticed the last few days of Foundation have been difficult to complete at level 3. Runs have completely knocked me out. I'm acknowledging that I'm reaching a level of fatigue that I need to deal with. I need to end one or more of my daily streaks to rest. I'm going to take this week off running. J is still out with knee pain, and I planned on restarting with her when she is ready. It seems like a good choice since it is a big cause of the fatigue. I also have a plan to restart the habit next week.

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Ah, thanks for explaining!

I'm glad you and J had a nice time at the lake house.
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Mum had two. Her place on Lake Cushman and my grandparents house in the town of Sequim. With the estate stuff still not settled we have a couple extra houses to maintain.

J and I had a nice quiet time at the lake. It was misty and drippy. Very conducive to romantic evening.

I managed to get through Darebee ST and yoga. I’m finding the workouts quite tiring. I think I’ve built up some fatigue from all the added exercise.

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I'm glad you are enjoying your tasty recipes. I hope you and J enjoy your night away - it sound romantic 'the lake house'. I don't understand the reference to Sequim - how many houses do you have?!

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Sunday morning, J and I are headed to the lake house for a night. Main reason is to check on the place so sis doesn’t have to. She spent almost two weeks in Sequim at the other house. Workers were putting a new roof on the house.

Finished my workout in the early morning. I’m feeling all the workouts, yoga, and running. The last couple days have been hard to get through the seven sets for level 3. That’s good I guess.

The recipes for the 21-day challenge continue to be very tasty. Last night I made chickpea patties that included artichoke and heart of palm. Surprisingly good they were. I also made red lentil chilly for dinner tonight.

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A good lay in (9:30) sure helped! It's a misty, rainy sort of day. Has a sort of lazy feel. Which is nice change of pace for me. I did my Darebee and a short mindful coffee. I plan of doing some advance cooking this afternoon.

Saturday, November 9
Foundation, Day 18, level 3 - done
30 Days of Yoga: Day 4 - done
Daily dare: Palm strikes, 2 mins - done
21-Day Plant-Based Challenge: Day 6

consecutive days = 48
DD = 39 / with EC = 28
yoga consecutive = 34
run 2/week = 2

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I hope you feel better after your long weekend.

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I have an intention to do all of Darebee's level 2 programs before moving on to the level 3s. 30 DoY is one of them. I don't know if I will follow through with 2 programs at a time. Right now it's a ST program and a yoga program. It works for now because I'm more interested in habit re-formation letting the conditioning come slowly.

I slept well last night. Today I feel tired and run down. I'm not sure what I need. I am glad it's the weekend. I have Monday off making it a long weekend too.

Friday, November 8
Foundation, Day 17, level 3 - done
30 Days of Yoga: Day 3 - done
21-Day Plant-Based Challenge: Day 5


Brian
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"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


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