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Friday, 20 September 2019

Wellbeing

How do you deal with your well being?

Last week I returned to Weight Watchers although they don't call themselves that anymore, it's literally WW now!  When did weight become such a bad word? Sorry I digress.... this is one step in getting rid of the waves of melancholy I've felt over the last few months. I am a gold member but I'm currently out of my  gold weight range of 8st 9lb-9st 5lb having weighed in at  9st 12.5lb. 

Everyone knows you lose weight when you eat less and move more. It's a simple equation scientifically proven. So I've been tracking everything I eat and walking lots as well as going to the gym and its been rewarded with a  2.5lb loss.




In a attempt to keep those pounds moving in the right direction and needing to lift my spirits  I got up put on my exercise clothing and trainers and made the 3 mile journey to the seafront. The weather was beautiful and I walked for 6 miles stopping for a brief break after 80 minutes for coffee and a banana that  I'd brought in my rucksack. I had a small thermos bought for Christmas which has proved invaluable over the last year. The windfarms busy generating electricity sparkled on the horizon and it was lovely to see two young women doing a yoga session on the beach with their trainer. Although I had my earphones in listening to my latest audio book I always greet people along the way and engage in conversation. There are always people in a worse position than your own who feel the need to chat to random strangers, just like the lady who was on her third diagnosis of cancer and was being so brave. The good weather continues until Sunday with another high of 21-22 degrees forecast.  Next week will be warmish (18-19 degrees) but more changeable, so I'm making the most of the sunshine while I can. The longer I don't find the need to turn on the heating the better. Bye for now. Tx

25 comments:

  1. I totally agree, Tania. For one reason or another, we haven't been able to get to the beach for about a fortnight and I'm really missing it. Dunster beach is my happy place, in fact I want my ashes scattered there when the time comes. Well done on the weight loss, that's fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Sooze, keeping ourselves happy is very important.

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  2. Congratulations on the loss - that's really good.
    The walk sounds absolutely lovely and uplifting. I love the photos.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Joy, I love losing myself in a walk and it was absolutely glorious.

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  3. I think walking always lifts your spirits doesn't it. And how lovely to have a beach just down the road! I remember a couple of times seeing people doing early morning yoga on the lake front when I was walking in to work and how envious I felt of them. It was so peaceful and calming. And well done on the weight loss. I'm starting to put weight back on so I admire your grit!

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    1. Thanks Anna, it's not easy losing weight but I enjoy attending the club and being accountable. It's the discipline I need.

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  4. Well done on your weight loss. I love being by the sea as it is so calming.

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    1. I'm so lucky as I'm in a quiet village 3 miles from the sea, so the, absolute best of both worlds.

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  5. It's lovely to live near the sea. We're downsizing from a big city and buying a small terraced house on a hill above the sea in south Devon atm

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    1. That sounds lovely, you will enjoy being near the sea.

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  6. You're going in the right direction, weight loss and walking. I am 9st, a few pounds too much but it will have to stay like that. If I didn't walk I think I might be gaining a few pounds, can't have that.

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    1. Thanks Ilona, walking is such great exercise. You look very fit.

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  7. A beach will always improve my wellbeing. Although since having a severe bout of anxiety about 11 years ago, I always make sure I have some downtime, even if it is with my book. I'm on a mission to lose weight and get fitter too. I'm just tracking my food and go to a gym, which I've surprised myself and am enjoying:)

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    1. Hi Anne, I'm also a gym member where u do cardio and muscle strengthening exercises. But sometimes you can't beat just walking at a good pace in a beautiful place.

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  8. In answer to your question about wellbeing, I try not to over focus on my weight which I find very demoralising at times, but aim for good food, exercise and trying to do something I enjoy. You can't beat a good walk for lifting the spirits and there's something really soothing about hearing the sea.

    You're spot on about somebody always being in a worse position but it doesn't make our own circumstances any less important. I think what it does do is give some perspective to what we're going through. xx

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    1. Wise words about the perspective, yes it enables rationalisation which is important. Sometimes things become all consuming.

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  9. Well done Tania for walking so far and the weight loss, I am overweight again now and feel horrible but slowly trying to put it right, I am off out for a long walk tomorrow come rain or shine. xx

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    1. Thanks Marlene. wanted to tackle the weight before the colder weather gets here and it's made worse with winter food!

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  10. I find walking very therapeutic, especially when you bump into a few talkative folk ... as long as you can get away from them before things get too gory. I've had a few strange conversations recently!!

    Walking with Suky though usually means chats are about long since dead family pets and their ailments. Oooh ... I've just thought maybe I look like a vet too!!

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    1. I took my friends fog for a walk a couple of times recently and I found it was a real conversation starter. Yes you do find some people want to off load their feelings good and bad. A lady remarked 'blimey girl you can certainly get a lick on, I've been trailing behind you for a couple if miles'. It made me smile as she was only a tad older than me!

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    2. You must have struggled to get a collar and lead on it 🤣🤣

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  11. We do need know that in order to Les weight we must eat less and move more, but it certainly helps to focus the mind if one belongs to WW or SW. I find the support at group (SW for me) invaluable. I don't think either is better than the other - it's just a case of what suits us as an individual. Well done on your loss this week. It's a great boost to the feeling of wellbeing. I love the sea but unfortunately live almost as far away from it as is possible in the UK. I love to walk by the sea when away. Breathing in big gulps of ozone always makes me feel good!

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  12. Very well done with that weight loss. I have struggled with my weight for many years, in fact I was clearing a cupboard out the other day and found 8 Slimming World starter packs! Over the years I have joined every January. But this year my head was in the right place and I joined on the 20th Feb at 12st 11 lbs and got to my target weight of 11st 6lbs last month. And I have managed to keep it stable. Lots of walking has helped as have huge salads and loads of veggies. (we have an allotment so that part wasn't difficult) But we will have to see what happens this winter with the more casseroles etc.Fingers crossed for this week's weight loss for you
    . xx

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