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Laura Corin

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  1. A long meditation session in the parked car before work; 45 minutes of brisk walking at lunchtime with a friend; another brisk hour of walking after work. I got shaky hungry after the second walk and had to grab a sandwich. The energy in the sandwich and the walk cancelled each other out, and I still ate a light supper. My weight is back down where I want it, and my resting heart rate is at 59.

    I don't normally post my meals, as they are pretty boring, but here's one day:

    Breakfast: Overnight oats made with oat milk, cinnamon and vanilla, with zero fat Greek yoghurt.

    Snacks: handful of unsalted nuts and a cup of carrot sticks

    Drinks: three mugs of tea, one of coffee; a litre plus a large glass of water

    Lunch: cream of veg soup made with mushrooms, courgette, fresh mint, and pureed silken tofu.

    Pre-supper: prawn sandwich

    Supper: pinto beans cooked with ham shank, plus grated cheese, fresh tomato and sauted cabbage

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  2. It was around freezing last night.  When I went out to the car, there was ice on the inside of the windows - a guy came and cleaned the car yesterday and it must still have been humid inside. 

    It reminded me of when I was a child and we would commonly find ice on the inside of our bedroom windows in the morning: I grew up in a house built the year after the adoption of the American constitution; tall ceilings, single glazing, it was cold.  Luckily it was a terraced house, so the houses on either side kept some heat in.

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  3. 10 hours ago, wintermom said:

    Oh man, have my taste buds really changed over the last 2 - 3 months. I just bought my very first eggplant and montebello mushrooms. I can't wait to eat them! I'm not exactly sure what to do with the eggplant, though. I just had some grilled and/or roasted eggplant at a Shawarma restaurant and it was so delicious that I want to try and make it myself. Anyone have suggestions?

    I didn't get out skiing or snowshoeing in the fresh dump of snow today, but I did get in a couple of short walks. I had to do a bunch of driving, which is always pretty crazy with the first big snowfall. I'm physically and mentally exhausted!

    I like grilled or roasted. You could just use olive oil, salt and pepper, or you could add a scatter of cumin and coriander.

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  4. 6 minutes ago, wintermom said:

    Awesome! I had a pre-lunchtime walk, which is good timing as it's snowing now. Do you have snow in your region yet?

    I like your at-home exercise routine. I'm really impressed that you (and so many of the ladies on this thread) can get home exercise accomplished. If I wanted to do "puppy yoga" and get my faced licked and nibbled on, I could do at-home mat exercises. Some people pay lots of money to do "goat yoga" for good laughs. It does get tiring if the goat or puppy is always there, though, and you can never just do regular mat stretches.

    I have to go to the back of the house and do yoga in our bedroom. It's not ideal as the thick carpet makes balances even more unsteady than normal - another reason to concentrate on strength.  There isn't really enough space, but I work around it.  There's more room elsewhere but either it's within 'aged dog licking face' distance, or the room is unheated (we only heat the rooms we use).  By the way, mention of puppies requires pictures of puppies...

    The only way I can get it done is to announce to Husband in advance that it's happening, arrange that he is cooking (we split cooking duties), and treat it like a class time.  Vaguely intending to do some yoga never works.

    There is snow on the mountains, but at close-to-sea-level where we are, we have only had freezing temperatures, cold rain, a bit of sleet and some hail.

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  5. Good brisk walk at lunchtime. 

    Didn't manage to get into the yoga class, but came home and did two of Adriene's routines: 13 minutes of upper body strength (essentially press-ups and planks) and 29 minutes of lower body strength (chair, high lunges).  I added in relaxation at the end.  The classes I go to focus more on flexibility, so these two sessions are good strength options for home.  I did the easy version of some of the asanas, so I definitely have some work to do to get full benefit.


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  6. 1 hour ago, VaKim said:

    From what I have read, none of them are accurate on the sleeping part. The scores are based on movement, or lack thereof. So if you move much in your sleep, it will thing you are awake, and if you lie still but are still wide awake (as I often am) it will think you are sleeping. I guess one with a heart rate monitor might do better, though. Not sure. Never researched those. 

    I think mine is fairly good.  The only thing it can't distinguish is if I meditate in bed (I do a body scan to get to sleep if I am having trouble settling).  It's one with a heart rate - Versa.

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  7. I always used to like the way that Thanksgiving delayed Christmas in the US. I'm sorry if that's no longer the case. It starts in the shops after bonfire night here. Not many houses decorated yet though.

    When I was a child, we bought our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and kept it up for the twelve days of Christmas. Husband's family had the tree up for the whole of December, so we compromise on the 15th.

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  8. Back to full fitness after my cold. I slept badly last night, probably due to lack of exercise. So today I Nordic Walked for 2.5 miles at 12.5 minutes a mile, then walked briskly with the dog for another 2.5 miles. Good and sweaty, despite the cold. It felt good.

    I finally worked out why my reminders to book yoga aren't working. Too late for this Monday, but I'll try to get a cancellation place. I hope to do yoga twice this week, Nordic Walk twice, one other strength session and daily brisk lunchtime walks. Oh, and daily meditation.

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  9. 4 hours ago, Tanaqui said:

    Cinnamon is a very North American sort of spice in the Anglosphere, isn't it? I've heard that Brits don't really like it. Maybe Australians and Kiwis are similar?

    Lots of cinnamon in the UK. I grew up with cinnamon toast: toast with butter, white sugar and cinnamon, retoasted. 

    This is about as traditional a dish as you could find:


  10. 8 hours ago, Islandgal said:

    To expand on this, mothers are repelled by their son's pheromones to prevent attraction and therefore incest, and possible procreation.

    It's nature's way of protecting us. We just have to suffer through it!

    My husband could smell my son too. He was just dirty. My other son barely smelled as a teenager.

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  11. On 11/5/2019 at 7:48 AM, Laura Corin said:

    I'm really worried about my brother, the keen tennis player, who also cycles everywhere and has taken up golf - the fittest 61yo I know. He had a heart attack a few months ago, didn't immediately recognise it as such, and ended up in hospital recently.

    He has been diagnosed with an atypical attack caused by an arterial tear. He's on seven medications and starts rehab in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, he's only allowed to walk gently. The whole thing is very scary and depressing for him. I'm posting here for people who understand the psychological aspect of dropping exercise. He has always found walking a bit slow and pointless. Prognosis currently uncertain.

    The senior surgeon has reviewed his latest scans and says that putting in a stent will end up with him eventually being fitter.  So sometime in the next month he'll be back into hospital for that.

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  12. 1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:



    I cannot comprehend this level of idiocy.  Even Benjamin knows how to scrub and brush 😨

    Honestly, the things that go on during the 'brain pruning' of puberty have to be seen to be believed:

    'Pruning during adolescence is highly specific and can be pronounced, resulting in a loss of close to 50% of the synaptic connections in some regions, but with little decline in others'

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