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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jan 17, 8:31 AM
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    Frump to Fab 2017 - A Whole New World
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    • 1st Jan 17, 8:31 AM
    Frump to Fab 2017 - A Whole New World 1st Jan 17 at 8:31 AM
    Good Morning Lovely Ladies

    Welcome to the new Frump to Fab thread. A whole new world of frugal style and fabulousity. A place where we learn from each other how to be the best we can with the resources we have.

    Can you be both frugal and fabulous, I think so. You can be both skint and stylish. You can have your cake and eat it, you can "live it large" on a minuscule budget.

    So to all you newbies welcome. Join in the fun with the ladies in our fabulous online community. Here we discuss all things fabulous and we learn all about "fabbing".

    Yes I know it's a made up word but what does it mean.

    Well for us it means taking care of ourselves, our looks yes of course but it's more than "mere vanity".

    "FAbbing" also means looking after our health, our well being, our homes, our careers, our hobbies, our interests and past times and not forgetting our finances.

    ANd of course, it goes without saying, a verybig warm welcome to our regulars, returners, and lurkers.

    So dear newbies Join in the fun with the ladies in our fabulous online community

    Before we get started let me take this opportunity to wish you all A Very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

    Today you may be busy with New Year's Day gatherings or you may Be feeling a little worse for wear after the New Years Eve Celebrations so for now we are going to be gentle.

    No fasting, no detox (unless of course you want to) but I would advocate that we ease ourselves gently into the New Year by remembering our first mantra.

    Step 1. Wear perfume. You should smell divine every day. Don't save your favourite fragrances "for best". Never again save anything for best. Don't we deserve to be the best we can be - every single day.

    Ah but what about the cost I hear you say. This is a Money saving website after all.......

    Well you don't have to douse yourself in your most expensive Dior or Chanel perfumes. A simple spray of cologne will still smell wonderful.

    And one of the nicest smells of all is a waft of fresh clean soap. So if you can't afford perfume then at least make sure you are freshly washed or showered and use a lovely soap or shower gel.

    So dig out some of those new smellies you got for Christmas and start using them.

    Today's tip.

    Got a perfume you don't like because it's too strong or heavy?? Dilute it.

    Don't throw it away or regift it. Add it to some simple cream or lotion or even some vegetable oil and make a luxurious moisturising body treatment. The height of luxury and decadence for mere pennies.

    I am still recovering from my chest infection.......feeling a lot better today but I'm still going to take it easy. So........I am going to spend some time today pondering on what I would like to achieve this year. I am not going to think in terms of New Years Resolutions it will be more a case of goal setting.

    As most of you will know Dad died on Friday so much of January will entail making his funeral arrangements and sorting out his estate.
    This means that, realistically, I am going to be busy for the next couple of weeks so I might have to catch up with my new plans.

    But.......just because I might not be posting everyday doesn't mean to
    Say that I won't be keeping a watchful eye on you. I shall be reading and observing!!!

    So please start the new fabbing year without me and I'll catch up with you all again just as soon as I can.

    Have a fabulous New Year's Day. See you all soon.

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    • maman
    • By maman 20th Apr 17, 3:49 PM
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    So, can you help with a bit of advice, support and encouragement? I do hope so.
    Originally posted by Toni'sfriend

    welcome. You've come to the right place.

    It sounds like you've come up with a pretty good plan already. I started on here by losing 3.5 stone in a year so I recognise where you're coming from.

    Try googling hairstyles for round faces and look at the images. Personally I like a chin length bob but it depends what sort of hair you have. Maybe the hairdresser can advise too.

    It's great that your OH is with you on making changes and being retired you have the time to concentrate on fabbing although I'd counsel anyone to find some time to focus on themselves.

    This morning I've been on an hour's walk. There's a nationwide scheme and there is something similar in Scotland:
    I was introduced to them by a friend. I find if I've made a commitment to turn up I'm more likely to go.

    Perhaps with the summer coming up you'll venture into a skirt/dress. It always helps to get a bit of sun on your legs although I'd recommend Palmer's Cocoa Butter gradual tanning moisturiser to get you started although it does smell a bit like chocolate biscuits!

    Other than my walk and tackling more of the washing mountain from being away I've not done a great deal today. We're eating out of the freezer and cupboards as I didn't want to do a main shop until tomorrow. I'll do my meal plan later and then we'll be set up for the coming week.
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 20th Apr 17, 4:30 PM
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    Thank you both so much. I wasn't expecting such a quick reply.
    I do have quite a healthy diet generally but if I have a packet of chocolate biscuits I will eat the whole lot at one go. Same with crisps and nuts. Obviously an emotional thing because I'm not hungry and don't need it. Best avoided altogether. I love fish, fruit and veg so if I can cut out the rubbish (easier said than done to break a habit) the weight should go slowly. Need to address drinking alcohol as well as that is not conducive to weight loss.
    We both walk at lot but that has gone by the wayside over the last 18 months. Thanks for the link to the website. Mamman. Not a lot of pretty walks around here but we do have free bus travel so thinking of taking the bus to the seaside or a country park and then walking.
    I was thinking about a chin length bob. Finding it difficult to cope with my hair as it is thick and wavy but could probably manage that. Will discuss with hairdresser (she has very good recommendations).
    I lost my sense of smell through a medical condition but I have started wearing perfume again even though I can't smell it everyone else can. Strangely I can remember smells. The plus side is I'm not tortured by the smell of fish and chips and other such fattening things.
    So glad I found you, ladies.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 22nd Apr 17, 8:29 PM
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    Hi fabbers,

    I've put on weight. I'm the heaviest I've ever been and I've totally lost perspective on how much I should be eating which is why I'm putting on weight. I can't do much tomorrow as we are going out for lunch, but I'm determined to get back on track.

    I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather
    2018 challenge to save 1000
    Spend less - 444.13
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 22nd Apr 17, 11:44 PM
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    Chanie......don't torture yourself.

    Monday is another day. just climb back on the wagon and start again.

    Hi Tonisfriend. Welcome. You've come to the right place for support and encouragement. Sounds like you've made a good start.

    Summer is upon us so get out and about, have fun and enjoy your time with your generous loving husband.

    I have a friend coming to stay next week. i have booked tickets for Chatsworth. There is a special exhibition at the moment featuring some of the clothes and costumes belonging to the dukes and duchesses. Should be fun.

    Unfortunately the weather forecast isn't great so not sure about the other days. Probably sightseeing round the "Cathedral Quarter" - the oldest and prettiest part of the city - lots of nice quirky shops, the art gallery and museums, cafes and restaurants and of course the cathedral itself so even if the weather isn't great it should be ok.

    I've told her to bring her swimming cozzie because she likes swimming. I can sign her into my gym and we can have a bit of a mini spa session.

    I have today signed up to a website called "Jolly Dollies" - a friendship site for widows. Although I do have some nice local female friends most of them are married and I really need to make new single friends.

    Time to start socialising and building up some new friendships.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 23rd Apr 17, 8:43 AM
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    Birthday Celebrations
    Hello Ladies,

    It has been a very busy time for me in the last few weeks, so that is why I have been reading all of your posts, but not really been doing much posting myself.

    My eldest daughter is feeling much better, so I am off to visit her today and taking her Mother's Day presents to her because she was ill in Hospital on the day and subsequent days.

    I went to visit a female friend of mine who was celebrating her 60th birthday. We had a lovely lunch in a local Bistro in Bromley where she lives, then 3 of us went back to her home to continue the fun. I remembered to take photos in the Bistro and in her home, so that there was a record of the fabulous day we all had together. It was really nice to meet some of her other friends and share a meal and conversation with them. My friend asked me to share my photos on Facebook, so I did. I had also taken a short video of her opening some of her cards and presents. She loved the video and the photos, so I was very glad that I took the time to take them.

    I wore my red sweetheart neckline short sleeved red t-shirt, with a paneled black pull on skirt, my black Kaleidoscope cardigan with the satin rose, my black leather ankle boots, my read leather gloves, red woolen scarf and my black coat with velvet cuffs and collar. I was carrying my black patent leather Jaeger bag with 'gold' trim. It was a sunny day, but it was quite windy and cold and there was one light shower, but I had an umbrella with me. I had on lots of perfume and I layered it with the matching body lotion. No make up though but I painted my nails with a clear nail polish.

    Oh Chanie please do not beat yourself up about your weight gain. It is futile to do so, that is why I am not worrying too much about my weight gain. I am making more effort to start losing weight again, but gaining weight is almost effortless compared to all the effort that it takes to shift each pound of weight.

    I had a very lovely 55th Birthday on the 15th April surrounded by my 4 grandchildren and 3 of my children. My eldest daughter was too ill to be part of the celebrations, but she sent my present with her brother. Sometimes only simple pleasures in life with people that mean the most to you, make the best birthdays. We had so much fun together, that my home was ringing with shouts of pleasure and laughter. We played Boggle and Connect 4 together. I did not even bother to go out in the evening because I had such a wonderful day with my children and grandchildren, that There was nothing more I needed to make it an even better birthday.

    Have a good Sunday Ladies
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 23rd Apr 17, 10:47 AM
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    Morning ladies,

    Happy Belated Birthday Sugarbaby it sounds like you had a wonderful day x
    Welcome Tonisfriend

    I have been reading along with all your news but we were away for a few days in York so only just catching up. We had a lovely time, the weather although cold stayed dry so we did a lot of walking and sightseeing, I chose to wear my superga trainers and was glad of their cushioning on my poor tired feet! The hotel was quite swish with a beautiful view of the Minster so I was glad to have made an effort with my clothes and aimed for a casual chic look.
    I have been putting some serious thought into my current style and trying to be honest with myself, I long to be a tall, willowy person that can pull off cute little layers etc BUT in reality I am 5ft4 with shorter legs than body and a curvy figure. A lot of my clothes, especially the tops are patterned but in reality I suit the plainer, block colours and that's what I'm going to concentrate on in the future. So, am laying plans to put together a capsule wardrobe, buying a few quality items rather than a lot of impulse buys that hang, unworn in my cupboards. I have a budget in mind but will be holding off buying too much to start with, my weight loss plan continues and aim to hit my goal weight by August, slow but steady does it, think a quicker loss would age me somewhat.
    Chanie am sorry to hear that you are so down about your weight, would be more than happy to be your diet buddy if that would help, mutual encouragement and all that
    • Ellsbel
    • By Ellsbel 23rd Apr 17, 11:14 AM
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    Hi everyone and welcome Tonisfriend
    Belated Happy Birthday wishes Sugarbaby. I'm glad you had a good day
    Chanie we all have blips - I sometimes find that if I forget about dieting and focus on eating healthily instead, the pounds start coming off without feeling like I'm trying too hard - it's working for me at the moment and I feel good about not getting too hung up on being "on a diet" if that makes sense?
    Sorry this is a bit of a selfish post though; I've been feeling really unwell these past few days - as though I've got Flu symptoms but without the streaming nose, etc., just aches all over.
    It's something I get from time to time that rarely lasts more than 24 hours but this time it's gone on for a few days and the pain and difficulty moving around is worse than usual.
    I managed to get an appointment at our local medical centre for yesterday morning and the Doctor I saw said that it could be fibromyalgia and suggested making an appointment with my own GP.
    LL, I know this is something you deal with and wondered if you could point me toward any useful resources? I've been reading up on it and nodding my head (metaphorically, as my neck is very painful right now!) at the symptoms listed and the flare up triggers - it all makes so much sense to me!
    Anyway, sorry to be a bit "me, me, me" - all is well with me otherwise and I've been keeping up fabbing up until now - still in PJ's and on sofa today, I'm afraid.
    Have a good Sunday, all x
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 23rd Apr 17, 12:57 PM
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    Ok ...long post alert to answer Ellsbels questions about fibromyalgia. So those who aren't interested feel free to skip.

    Fibromyalgia is basically the technical term for muscle pain and weakness. Unfortunately not much is known about the condition and some medics will even question that it exists at all. (A bit like ME - often GPS can be rather dismissive).

    But yes a flare up can feel exactly like the flu. The day after my husbands funeral I couldn't even get out of bed. I had just pushed myself to the point of utter exhaustion and the pain was so bad I felt I had been hit by a truck.

    Very few medics can offer any real help other than to pump you full of pain killers, they usually start with nsaids. They might work for a while (if you can manage them) but they are only a stop gap. Some GPs will suggest anti depressants because they think fibromyalgia is psychosomatic.

    However as I am sure you will agree it is very real and can be very debilitating. As well as the pain there is also the exhaustion. And it can be a vicious circle.

    The drug route is not the way out of the maze, it won't break the circle. .Often drugs merely mask symptoms and don't actually tackle the root problems.

    The body has a nasty habit of adjusting to the drug regime, so any relief will be temporary. In short your body gets use to them, adjusts and then they become ineffective, this is particularly the issue with pain relief.

    Most drugs work by suppressing something, i.e. The immune system or the pain response mechanisms so there will be side effects because the body is out of balance. In the long term this imbalance can make matters worse.

    Because the body can adjust to pain relieving drugs so quickly - often as little six weeks they can become very addictive. It took me a year to wean myself of omeprazole.

    Ok that's the preamble over as to why a drug regime might not be suitable for you.

    Because I can't take any form of nsaids I was forced to look elsewhere. Fortunately I had a great GP who was not averse to trying complimentary therapies and who guided me in my research for drug free alternatives.

    I have discovered that Fibromyalgia is part of a wider issue, namely the endocrine system.....i.e. The adrenals and the thyroid. If they are not working to full capacity they can cause muscle pain as can problems with the gut.

    So IBS, GERD, thyroid problems, muscle pain all seem to be linked. They don't seem to work in isolation. you may well have more than one issue to deal with.

    So for me I started dealing with my gastro problems. Saw a nutritionist and it was she who asked about my fibromyalgia. She explained the links and set me on the path to healing.

    Now you may not have symptoms such as IBS, or be aware that your adrenal system is compromised - you may be symptom free and the pain might simply have gone straight for your muscles but even so I would suggest start with your diet.

    A good clean diet, avoiding all junk, sugars and maybe grains (at least for a few weeks). Keep a food diary and monitor your pain. Do certain foods make you feel worse.

    Second.......plenty of sleep and rest. This is crucial.

    Third........take some extra vitamins. bit B complex, Vit D, Vit C, magnesium citrate. I also added a probiotic for good measure. It has helped my digestive issues enormously and I soon notice a difference if I stop taking them.

    Magnesium is extremely important. All my research points to low levels of magnesium being a major factor in muscle pain. As well as taking magnesium orally I also add magnesium to my bath water three times a week. (Good old Epsom salts to you and me - cheap as chips).

    Magnesium will also help you sleep so take it at night and have your bath at night.

    I find warmth eases pain. My Physio rcommends keeping your feet warm, and not letting your back get cold. Warm baths, cosy throws whilst watching tv, an electric blanket or water bottle for the bed. Lavender wheat packs help my neck. Those self heating pads are good for bad back pain.

    The big one is avoid stress. Yes I know easier said than done at times, but if you have serious amounts of stress, especially chronic long term stress, in your life you need to find ways of managing it until you can get rid of it.

    This is where self care comes in, learn how to switch off and make time for yourself. Quiet time just for you, doing what makes you happy. It could be pottering about in the garden, a good book, a nice tv programme, a soak in the bath.

    Regular Physio or massage will help enormously. I know NHS provision can be sketchy but this is one thing I find works wonders.

    Which brings me to exercise.......I know that when you are in pain the last thing you feel like is exercise!! But it is essential. However, it has to be the right kind for you. Don't just hit the gym or start your own exercise plan without proper supervision.

    This is where a few visits to a Physio will reap dividends. They will give you a targeted exercise "homework" programme. They will make sure you are doing them correctly.

    If you really can't afford to pay for Physio there are quite a few videos on you tube. So just google your painful areas and watch and learn.

    However, it might be worth getting someone to watch you do them for the first time to make sure you are doing them correctly, or maybe try and do them in front of a full length mirror.

    Finally .......learn to laugh. Daily. If you have nothing to laugh about then make a point of adding laughter to your daily regime. Seek out the ridiculous and laugh. Watch funny films or TVs programmes every day. Avoid depressing yourself, don't be a news junkie, avoid social media. Avoid people who drag you down or make you feel bad. Only spend time with people who make you feel good. Watch daft animal videos on you tube. Listen to music that thrills you and makes you want to dance. Sing's good for the lungs and lifts the spirits. Dance. Pretend to be Tina Turner and strut your stuff whilst waiting for the kettle to boil.

    Finally lots of TLC. And self care. Which is what this thread is all about. Love yourself and start putting yourself first now and again.

    Don't listen to anyone who tells you "tough, you're stuck with fibromyalgia, there's nothing to be done, go away and live with it".

    That is just not true. There is lots you can do but you might have to do it by yourself.

    Fibromyalgia doesn't just hit out of the blue - it takes a long time to develop muscle pain and stiffness. It comes about through years of stress and self neglect.

    It is not a natural part of aging and has nothing to do with the menopause. It is not an inevitable part of getting older, and it is definitely not "all in your mind".

    Good luck and Let the healing begin.......

    PS. Edited to add........

    A way to describe the pain of a flare up is I say it feels like I've gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. The problem is there's nothing to see, no bruising to highlight what's going on. Sometimes even the surface of your skin feels so tender that the merest touch to the body feels like a blow, even combing your hair makes your scalp hurt.

    The only way to deal with a flare up is rest but once you get things under control and get stronger then the flare ups will be few and far between and you will always be able to pin point the trigger.

    I have now got to stage where I know exactly what will trigger a flare up so can usually take the necessary steps to avoid one. Obviously some situations cannot be avoided.....dads death and the subsequent difficulties with my sister was my last trigger and obviously I couldn't side step that one.

    However, Since then I have managed to avoid all stressful situations and I feel so much better.

    I recently read a very interesting book called "The Highly Sensitive Person". It isnt about fibromyalgia but it talks about how some people are more subject to "overwhelm" than others. So factors like noise, bright lights, lack of sleep, environmental factors, stress, "emotional vampires" in our lives (my Some people are more affected by external stimuli than others. I am such a person. I have always known I need peace, quiet and rest or I get sick (migraines, stomach upsets).

    Luckily my husband, despite being a complete extrovert and a real party animal with annoying Tigger like exuberance, realised I needed times when I could just be quiet and so never took offence when I told him to b&gger off and leave me fact he would protect me and allow me the space I needed.

    Now through my research I have learned that fibromyalgia is just another part of the jigsaw puzzle, another part of the "overwhelm" so I now know how to protect myself from flare ups.

    I think It's all about learning how to avoid the trigger points and boosting your overall health and well being and yes that magic word ........."vitality".

    That's what you need to do. Work on improving your energy levels and you will get fewer flare ups.
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    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Apr 17, 3:38 PM
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    Sorry we missed your birthday sugarbaby but so pleased you had a good, family day.

    Hope you feel a bit better soon ellsbel. You've got plenty of food for thought from LL. Although I know nothing about the ailment, it's possible that the doctors prescribe anti-depressants as a muscle relaxant. I have some to take when my back seizes up from time to time. Fortunately I've had no issues for several months but I always carry them with me.

    I feel for you with the weight gain chanie. I know how miserable it can make you feel. Maybe it's having the children home for Easter that's caused it. Now you're back to work it should be easier to eat healthily.

    Sounds like you had a good break in York lainey. Like you, I'm much happier in plain block colours. One thing you can do is introduce texture with different fabrics. I particularly like wearing the velvet things I've got. If I do wear any pattern it's generally with a scarf.

    I'm having a lazy day. I showered, did my hair and creamed myself earlier but I'm just slopping around in leggings and a long sleeved top (albeit clean ones). I am keeping up with my sonic brush and using a scrub a couple of times a week too. DD1 called around earlier and we had a coffee while she told me all about her holiday in NYC. I've got a couple of occasions to get fabbed up for this week. One is just a casual pub meal with friends but on Thursday I'm off to the opera. I'll wait to see what the weather's doing before deciding what to wear. On Wednesday I've booked myself in for a massage and facial. It's another Groupon deal.

    I hope all goes well with your friend visiting LL and enjoy Chatsworth. I'll get there one day!!
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 23rd Apr 17, 4:29 PM
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    Happy belated birthday Sugar baby. Hope your daughter continues to get better.

    Maman...yes you the right anti depressants also serve as a muscle relaxant which can help alleviate pain.

    I tend to go with block colours too. I don't feel right in patterns.

    Lovely drying day here.....washing everything in sight.
    • hex2
    • By hex2 23rd Apr 17, 8:20 PM
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    ellsbel, I was 'diagnosed' with fibro some years ago, and agree with LLs points.

    Personally, at the time I was told I struggled to walk a few hundred yards, had previously been running 5km 3 times a week so a huge impact on me with young children. Saw an older doctor who said stress related, take ibuprofen for six months and see how you get on. I refused to do this and made life style changes instead. I lost weight which helped with the pressure on my joints. I changed my heavy clutch for an automatic car. I changed job to one that worked better with tiredness and the delightful 'fibro' fog, and that was supposedly less stressful. We bought a good mattress so I don't lie in bed and ache.

    The real change was when an online friend was diagnosed, and she tried a paleo diet which worked for her. I did the same (and lost even more weight as a result!) and have now established that its all grains that are my food trigger but I can have dairy in moderation which is good. Stress and tiredness have an impact still but mine is mostly manageable without pain relief. I also find the more that I do on my better days, the more I can do if that makes sense. I still have the odd zombie day but they are the exception rather than the default as they were a few years ago.

    anyway, much sympathy from me, and I hope you find your own ways of managing it.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • Ellsbel
    • By Ellsbel 23rd Apr 17, 9:25 PM
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    LL thanks so much for taking the time to post all that; your post tucked so many boxes with me in terms of symptoms and triggers and I'll definitely be taking your advice on board.
    Hex thank you, too - again I can completely identify with what you say, particularly about the "fog"
    Today I've been keeping the pain at bay with ibuprofen but I really don't want to make a habit of that - I aim to cut out wheat for the next week, to begin with, to see if there's an improvement. I've been so, so busy lately and I think it's taken it's toll but I've managed to rest quite a bit today and am tucked up in bed for an early night now - although I too need a new mattress as I suspect ours is too firm.
    Sorry for hijacking the thread with this; it's just that I'd rather get advice from people who are actually experiencing the symptoms and dealing with them; my GP is very cost aware and I've absolutely no doubt that he would advise otc painkillers.
    Have a good week everyone - back soon x

    ETA - LL, I have The Highly Sensitive person on my kindle but haven't read it yet. I also love what you say about avoiding negativity and not being a news junke; these things definitely have a bad effect on me.
    Last edited by Ellsbel; 23-04-2017 at 9:31 PM.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 24th Apr 17, 12:36 AM
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    No problem Ellsbel. Glad to help. In fact it's my mission to spread the gospel of natural healing and less reliance on big pharma.

    Hex is right about diet. I know I bang on about the success I have had with the paleo way of eating but it's definitely worth a try. If it doesn't help then you've lost nothing. Google Fodmap and Paleo autoimmune protocol.

    Also try adding more alkaline foods to your diet to reduce any excess acid which might be triggering inflamation.

    Right time for bed. Nighty night.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 24th Apr 17, 11:57 AM
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    Hello Ladies,

    I had a good visit with my daughter and her husband yesterday. I came home with an upset stomach though which was not good. It is better this morning, but I am not fully recovered.

    I am doing 5km Race for Life on 27th May, so I am trying to fund raise for it. Am I allowed to put the link for my Cancer Research UK fundraising page on here?

    I have been doing Race for Life for the past 5 years, so this will be my 6th year.

    I never raise a lot of money, but every single pound that I do manage to raise makes a real difference to Cancer Research UK.
    • maman
    • By maman 24th Apr 17, 4:50 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    I had a good visit with my daughter and her husband yesterday. I came home with an upset stomach though which was not good. It is better this morning, but I am not fully recovered.

    I am doing 5km Race for Life on 27th May, so I am trying to fund raise for it. Am I allowed to put the link for my Cancer Research UK fundraising page on here?

    I have been doing Race for Life for the past 5 years, so this will be my 6th year.

    I never raise a lot of money, but every single pound that I do manage to raise makes a real difference to Cancer Research UK.
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125

    I'm sure that's not a problem sugarbaby. I've seen other similar posts and it's not as if you're selling anything. I admire you doing it.

    I decided to go for a pedicure today. I've been having chiropody treatments for the last few months as I bought a 6 session package but that's over now. I thought as my feet were in such good shape I'd have a pedicure instead through the summer. It's far more mse and it includes polish and I get to sit in the lovely massage chair. Now all I need is some warm weather so I can show off my pretty feet.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 25th Apr 17, 10:12 AM
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    Please donate Ladies
    Hello Laides,

    Could I kindly ask you to sponsor me for Race for Life 2017

    This will be my 6th year. My eldest sister lost her battle with stomach cancer some years ago and 2 of my brothers are currently cancer survivors. I decided to do Race for Life for the 1st time when I heard that my 2 elder brothers had cancer. I just wanted to do my own small bit to help Cancer Research UK with their invaluable work, apart from my monthly donation.

    I would suggest a donation of 1 is adequate but of course there is no upper limit should you feel inclined to donate more
    Last edited by sugarbaby125; 25-04-2017 at 10:17 AM.
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 25th Apr 17, 5:11 PM
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    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.
    Well, today I got my hair done and what a difference it has made. New style, lovely colour and will be so much easier to manage (thanks for the advice). have made an appointment to go back in six weeks,
    I have got myself into a routine in the morning. I have even written it down step by step so I don't forget anything. Silly I know but I reckon it will become second nature after a while. Whilst at the hairdresser I compiled one for the evening and one for once a week things as well.
    Been making an effort with my new clothes, The're not glamorous (yet) but I do look so much smarter and I've been wearing perfume, pale nail polish and earrings every day (basic make up if I'm going somewhere).
    Had lunch with my sister in law and cousin. My cousin was telling me that she has her hair done twice a week, nails once a week and has a pedicure and facial once a fortnight. Afraid I can't afford all that so I'll just have to learn to do it myself.
    OH and I have been out every day. Couple of times it just been for a walk locally but we've gone further afield twice and had lunch.
    So plans for next week:
    Continue with what I've started.
    Sort out my clothes, toiletries, make up and jewellery.
    Start loosing weight. A pound a week will do but nothing's going to happen until I address what I'm eating and drinking. With that in mind bought fruit and low cal drinks today.
    Hope you lovely ladies are all having a wonderful time.
    • hex2
    • By hex2 25th Apr 17, 6:08 PM
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    Hi Toni'sfriend! That's a good start with the hair, I'm booked in for my first professional dye in years later this week as I am losing the fight against my grey roots. I'm with you on the can't afford to do all that but then I found a happy medium which is the local beauty college which is very reasonable. I still don't run to all those treatments (and actually wouldn't have the time) but I try and have something done every month. My local college is 21 for facial (11), manicure and pedicure (10).
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • maman
    • By maman 26th Apr 17, 12:29 PM
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    I'm glad your hair appointment turned out well toni's friend (now going to nickname you TF if you don't mind).

    I'm amazed that your cousin can have her hair done twice a week. I thought that had stopped when shampoo and set went out! I remember my mother used to go weekly and then midweek for a comb out! These days I think it's far more common to have a really good cut and then do it yourself in between. Lucky people even have wash and go hair but I'm not one of them. It's a good idea to make another appointment for 6 weeks time. I'm guilty of letting my hair go just that little bit too long between cuts and then I regret not making the appointment.

    I don't think you're silly making lists of treatments. I know lots of people who like lists and many like pretty notebooks to write them in. I think it's organised and efficient and a great idea.

    If I include my nails I probably have a treatment at least once a month but they're not madly expensive. I'm going for a facial and massage this afternoon but it was Groupon so not full price. I bought 2 more as well this week to use over the next few months. Groupon had a 15% off code so they're even better value. In between the professional treatments I try to keep up with all the skincare stuff. It has become a routine now and varies depending on how much time I have.

    I was full of enthusiasm before Easter for sorting through my wardrobe, getting rid of winter things I don't wear much and looking through summery things. Unfortunately the weather, while bright, has turned chilly so it's a job still waiting to be done. I'll put it on my list!
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 26th Apr 17, 12:50 PM
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    Firstly a big thank you to anyone who has sponsored me for Race for Life 2017, I and Cancer Research UK greatly appreciate your generosity.

    I went to Karaoke last night and had a very good evening. It did not cost me anything, as the wine bar was not too hot as usual, I did not work up a thirst so I did not bother to buy any bottled water.

    It was surprised to find the weather had turned so cold, so it was back to layers. I wore a red Kaleidoscope vest top that has lots of single diamante decorating the front and a really intricate cut out design on the back. I wore my black Kaleidoscope cardigan with the black satin rose and a lined black, gored pull on skirt, with my long black leather jacket, black woolen scarf, my black leather gloves and my black leather ankle boots. I was carrying my black patent leather Osprey handbag. I layered my perfume with the matching body lotion, but I did not bother to wear any make up.
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