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edited 3 April 2019 at 12:33PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • Wednesday2000Wednesday2000 Forumite
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    FrankieM wrote: »
    Many moons ago, when I was thinking about what my plans were and what I wanted to achieve, my go - to phrase was to be 'fit & healthy'.

    This meant ( for me):

    Physically
    Mentally
    Spiritually

    I was thinking about this last night when I couldn't sleep and I think it is a good way of looking at it.:cool:

    I am going to try and hit these personal goals everyday.

    Emotional health:

    I'm going to carry on with the meditation morning and evening as it does quiet down my mind.

    I'm going to stop checking my mobile phone after 9pm at night. I'm going to be strict with myself.

    Mental:

    I'm going to read at least one chapter of a book a day.

    I used to read a few books a week (!) but it fell by the wayside after I started doing the Neuro Linguistic Programming last autumn.

    Physical:

    Exercise everyday. I'm going to take the long way round to the dentist this morning so that will be one hour of walking today.

    I'm going to commit to having a green smoothie each morning.
    FrankieM wrote: »
    wednesday I get mine from Dorothy Perkins. I picked up a few in the online sale and love them. :)

    Oh, okay. I will look there.:)
    chanie wrote: »
    My plans are taken up with holiday prep, as we go to Greece next week.

    Ooh, nice.:A
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    lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    edited 15 July 2019 at 9:57AM
    Good morning lovely ladies

    Im another one who couldn't sleep last night. I am shattered this morning. Definitely time for a few quiet at home days. Also a lot of pain, muscle aches and joint pains, so will need to rest more. Hey ho. Not the end of the world. There are plenty of people far worse off than me. I consider myself blessed and fortunate.

    Some great plans there Wednesday. I too need to make a few changes in my daily routines, including more (gentle) exercise and definitely reducing screen time, especially in the evenings.

    A lot of photos were taken yesterday.I hate having my photo taken, I truly am so unphotogenic but I have to admit the camera doesn't lie. I do look tired at the moment. Another thing I've noticed is that photos are a better yardstick than a mirror for how a garment looks. Yesterday's trousers didn't particularly flatter, they are now TOO BIG. :rotfl: they can go. :D.

    MELODY........sounds like an online group would suit you best. Like Maman says maybe just join for a few weeks, to set you on the right path. Then you can go it alone when you feel confident you know what you are doing. There is a SW thread on here you could join up with for extra support.

    My preferred choice was WW but that's just me. I don't think it really matters, I think it's the support of others that really seems to help encourage and motivate. I started a WW support group because there wasn't one and I've found it very helpful, just as this thread was my lifesaver when I was at my lowest ebb.

    Re the "what other people think" bit. I think many of us can relate to worrying about how others see us but one thing I've learned is that no one really cares. I don't mean this in a nasty way.....it's just that most people have enough on their plates and are busy worrying about their own lives. The fact is, this comparison thing, is just in our own heads. Senseless self torture really. The good news is as you get older you find you don't really care quite so much......lol.

    I seem to be one of life's communicators.......it comes naturally to me, and for decades, getting people to talk was part of my job. And if I say so myself I am actually a good listener. I can read body language and pick up on silent unspoken clues. I do find people open up to me and tell me their stories. I have been very humbled at times.

    Also spending so much time caring for my husband, then managing my parents care, I spent a lot of time (too much) hanging around hospitals, doctors waiting rooms, and nursing homes talking to both patients and relatives. I learned some very valuable lessons from that time, the principal one being that nearly everyone has a burden to carry, a cross to bear, or a secret sadness that they have to live with.

    The reality is, sooner or later, we all have to deal with sadness, heartache, emotional pain. Alas none of us is immune, no one escapes. It's the price we pay for living and loving. And the big reality is, most people are so wrapped up in their own concerns they really don't stop to judge others.

    Yes, you do get the odd "hater" - both online and in real life - but, generally, I find people to be kind, generous of spirit and warm hearted. Even the grumpy ones, once you get to know them. :rotfl:

    I know it's perhaps easier to say than do, but try not to worry so much about what you think other people may or may not be thinking about you, because the truth is, they probably aren't. They are most likely too busy just trying to get through the day......with their own worries, problems, joys and sadness, highs and lows.

    Re the haters........I am a great believer in Karma...believe me when I say this but I have seen it so often. Everyone gets their just desserts in the end. The universe definitely does repay.

    I don't know how many of you will remember "Sistergate" and the way my sister treated me after the death of both my husband and our parents. I won't rehash it all and I won't dwell on what has happened in her life since then. It gives me no pleasure and I have no feelings of schaudenfraude, only pity, but the fact is she is now reaping what she has sown.

    Life has a way of repaying........I firmly believe we get back what we put in. Its all about balance.

    Chanie.....your holiday sounds great. Not long now.
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    Quick post to wish chanie a lovely holiday when it comes.:)

    I'm feeling stressed this morning. I just seem to have lots to do. So the best thing is to get off here and get on with it!!:D:rotfl:
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    lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    edited 15 July 2019 at 12:51PM
    But first........

    Just had an antique dealer round to give me some valuations. As suspected he advised me to hold on to the porcelain and pottery, because the market for those isn't that great at the moment. Same with the coins, stamps etc.

    I'll save them for my progeny.....they will increase in value over time and they don't take up much room.

    I did sell some broken bits of jewellery and some old tat for £175. Every little helps.:rotfl:

    Anyway....my big idea.

    Here's the plan.

    Carpet fitter coming tomorrow to fit the back bedroom.

    I have decided it will make a lovely treatment room so I am going to resurrect my therapy business - just part time, maybe a couple of days a week. I still have my couch and equipment so I don't need to spend a fortune to set up. I have a pretty chandelier, a lovely big mirror and some nice artwork so I can dress it nicely and make it into a comfortable and relaxing space.

    Am aiming to get it up and running sometime in the autumn. Fingers crossed. If it doesn't take off then I've lost nothing. Wish me luck.....;)

    Right just nipping out to Asda for a few bits. I have to be back for the window man to give me a quote to replace a couple of windows that are single glazed. Need to winterise this house. :rotfl:

    Hopefully get the grass cut later. I have found out why the grass was dying........prior to the last owner laying down turf there was a lovely Japanese style garden. Her lazy good for nothing cowboy gardener simply chucked a bit of topsoil down on top of the existing weed control material and gravel and then laid the turf. It was ok for a couple of years but obviously the soil is now depleted of nutrients, hence the lawn dying. I gave it some fertiliser and reseed the bare patches. It looks a bit better but it won't thrive long term.

    So next year I will hopefully be reinstating a Japanese style garden. At least stripping the turf will be easy.....you can just pull it out with your bare hands. :rotfl: I'll hire a turf stripper though because it's a big lawn.
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    Anyway....my big idea.

    Here's the plan.

    Carpet fitter coming tomorrow to fit the back bedroom.

    I have decided it will make a lovely treatment room so I am going to resurrect my therapy business - just part time, maybe a couple of days a week. I still have my couch and equipment so I don't need to spend a fortune to set up. I have a pretty chandelier, a lovely big mirror and some nice artwork so I can dress it nicely and make it into a comfortable and relaxing space.

    Am aiming to get it up and running sometime in the autumn. Fingers crossed. If it doesn't take off then I've lost nothing. Wish me luck.....;)

    Good luck!:T:)
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    Hello Ladies,

    Chanie
    I hope you and your family have a fabulous holiday. :D

    Melody use this thread to talk about the problems you are encountering with trying to lose weight and any other problems you are living through. We will all be able to support you and offer you advise from our own experience. :)

    Can I advise you to buy a few cheap A5 notebooks to use as a food diary. I find writing down every single thing that I eat and drink is really helpful for making sure that I stay on track with healthy eating also it stops me from forgetting about any snacks I eat throughout any given day. All our memories are fallible, so writing it all down really helps me. I find that when I have a day when all I want to do is eat, I will do a lot of snacking between my breakfast, lunch and dinner, but because I have to look at what I am eating throughout each day written down, I will force myself to settle for healthier snacks and meal choices. I do have days when I eat exactly what I want because I get tired of eating quite a limited diet, but the next day I will get back to healthier eating.

    Also when I inevitably stray from healthy eating and seem to gain a few pounds in weight seemingly overnight, I can then look back over the past few weeks and easily identify where I have gone wrong with my eating and snacking.

    Melody
    try not to feel guilty about eating. You need food from all of the food groups, we all do regardless of our shape and weight. Your metabolism works best when you are eating. Can you try drinking water rather than milk which unless it is skimmed is quite calorific and does not make the best meal substitute.

    I had to introduce as much vegetables and fruit into my daily diet as possible, as these foods are great for my body, taste good and are very versatile. I am currently trying to eat 7 salads a week again for lunches and dinners, as I find it a very easy way to ensure that half of my meals are very healthy. I only eat breakfast of a cup of tea and 2 slices of wholemeal toast every morning, because I know how important a meal breakfast is in kick starting my metabolism every day. I did not eat breakfast for 20 years plus before I became a Healthy Eating Project Co-Ordinator many years ago and discovered all the ways in which I was not eating or drinking a healthy balanced diet.

    I am obese and losing weight is going to be a long journey for me, but I intend to persevere until I am at the lower end of being overweight. :D I do not want to get down to my so called ideal weight as I feel that would make me far too thin. I have various health issues, I am 57 years old and I do not want to be walking around looking gaunt or unwell. :(
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Maman my sister and I have not yet chosen our holiday destination, we will choose and book in January 2020 most likely.
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    Good luck with your venture LL. I think that the fact you have most of the equipment and you're having the room decorated anyway, as part of your renovations, means there will be little extra outlay. Do keep us posted on how you plan to decorate the room. I think it makes such a difference to having a treatment in lovely surroundings. :)

    I think the food diary is a great idea sugarbaby. It's like doing a spending diary. the facility to review works really well. Personally I write a week's meal plan in advance with a shopping list. The weekly plan is just for dinners and the list has ingredients for breakfasts and lunches. Then, every morning I write a plan for each day as I often have leftovers for my lunches. I tend to eat more vegetables than salads and deliberately cook extra because I love bubble & squeak for lunch with some cold meat.:D

    I find those height/weight charts a good guide for choosing an ideal weight. But you're right and too thin can look awful. I know when I'm getting a bit too thin as my arms start to look scraggy. :eek:

    I well remember 'sistergate' LL:(. From what I've read recently, life is a lot better for you mixing with your immediate family and friends. It's her loss but the relationship was toxic so you did well to distance yourself. You acted honourably and she has to live with her conscience and the consequences.

    The ironing mountain is no more!:D Most of it was from our holiday as, because the weather is still so good, we're still wanting to wear the lightweight clothes. I'm also closer to making a few final decisions on the bathroom. We've decided to have full tiling and a patterned vinyl floor and I've chosen a light fitting. The supplier is getting me swatches of colour for the cabinets which should be here by the end of the week as I think my original choice (what I'd seen in the showroom) was too dark. Now all we need to do is pin the plumber down to a start date. I had a pedicure with red toenails. I decided against a manicure and painting my fingers as my nails are very short at the moment and they need some care and to grow a bit. I know I take more care of them when they're not painted IYKWIM. :)

    So quite a productive day and now I've achieved a few things that I wanted to do I'm not feeling stressed. Sitting in the massage chair for my pedicure helped too. :)You've reminded me though Wednesday that I should try and start a new book. Maybe later although I hope I sleep better tonight. I think it's the muggy heat.:(
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    I'm so very tired at the moment.

    wednesday what meditation do you use? I'm wondering if I need to find something to still my mind...

    Went to the meetup on Sunday and it was okay.

    There were 5 of us and 1 lady in particular who was quite a talker, which is fine but it leaves no space for those of us not that way inclined naturally. lol

    But everyone was very nice and I'd go to something again, but it needs to not be on a school night cause I'm just too tired at the moment.

    Back on with the food, writing it down and I'm upping my water intake.

    At some point I'll start some exercise, but just one thing at once.
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    Good morning lovely ladies.

    Another tired one, what's wrong with us. :rotfl: although I did sleep well last night so I do feel a lot better now. I switched off from the screens last night at 7pm. I think that might have helped. I just watched a bit of tv and read. I think that helped me unwind.

    Frankie.....glad you went to the meet up. It's a start isn't it. I have a week or so break now before my next one which will be a pub quizz. I think we are bound to enjoy some events more than others, we will just have to be selective.

    Carpet fitter due this morning. Need to mow the lawn, don't fancy it much .......:o. Looking forward to my massage later.

    Have a great day y'all.
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