The Sunday Post #91 - 21st March 2021

     

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Hello everyone!

Is anyone else living in groundhog day or groundhog week?  It seems like only yesterday I typed this out not a week ago.

Another quiet week of working, occasional bit of housework and feeling constantly hungry.  I have changed my diet so I’m not eating junk food during the week, allowing myself a treat at the weekend and embracing chia seeds, overnight oats and green tea!  I’m getting used to it and find myself preferring almond milk over normal.  It’s good fun experimenting with new things and I appreciate a bit of chocolate as a treat at the weekend rather than a daily habit.  Hopefully it’ll last!

My daughters both had school for a day on Wednesday, they weren’t best pleased to be going but were both happy to see their friends and their teachers.  They have another two weeks of one day at school, four days of home school then it’ll be the holidays.  After that they should go back full time.  Our COVID stay at home order ends on the 2nd of April then there will be a gradual easing of restrictions.  It’ll be nice to start getting further afield and seeing people as the restrictions are eased.

Hope you are all well, have a lovely safe week x

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  1. That's great you're doing well with eating healthy during the week. I definitely want to try harder at that. Some days are better than others. LOL

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It is an uphill struggle, it’s just trying to find alternatives I guess and I’m having great fun experimenting!

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  2. Yes, the weeks do seem to all run together when nothing really is going on! My husband and I have been on "diets" all year and he definitely has more willpower than I do!

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    1. My husband doesn’t and he should as he drives an excavator and is sitting down all day! I’ve started sneaking healthier things in to his food, he’ll never notice!

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  3. I've started changing the way I eat too, mostly by reading the ingredients in things I buy at the store and trying to stay away from anything artificial. I've actually felt much better so I guess its working. Although giving up chocolate is something I haven't tackled yet😁

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    1. I don’t know if you have the traffic light system on food over there, but if I see anything with the red bar I try and swerve it unless it my weekend treat and in that case is usually chocolate!

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  4. Oh, I need to get off the afternoon sweet tooth wagn for sure. I had a tooth pulled Monday and the dentist said I should eat ice cream for lunch. Seriously, I thought....do you have children? I can just imagine my granddaughter saying that's a great idea!

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    1. The dentist is maybe encouraging more treats so they’ll get more visits!

      It’s that afternoon dip when all you want is something sweet, that’s the kicker!

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  5. Well my week is a little more exciting than usual (ie major floods) so right about now I’m wishing it was less eventful :)
    You’ve picked up some really interesting titles, enjoy!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  6. I'm typically good during the week when it comes to nutrition. I meal prep. But weekends are my free pass. Lol.

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    1. I’m not organised enough to do meal prep apart from making my overnight oats!

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  7. I'm trying to limit myself to that one treat a day...and then move onto every other day...then hopefully just the weekends. There seems to be something, though, that stresses me out and I fail but I always say tomorrow is a new day and start fresh. I'm so happy that your goals have been working! That chocolate on the weekend definitely tastes more sweet.

    The Skeleton Tree and Emily Noble's Disgrace look really good and creepy!

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    1. I just went cold turkey which probably wasn’t a good idea! I don’t actually seem as stressed feeling as when I was eating more biscuits, I’m hoping it’s because of the diet change!

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  8. Good for you embracing a new diet. You're awesome! I hope all goes smoothly with the transition back to school. I have no idea what is going on by me. I think they are hybrid, but most have opted for online.

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    1. Thanks Samantha, it’s hard going especially when there is Krispy Kreme doughnuts in all my favourite flavours in the house which aren’t passing my lips!

      Back to school so far is fine, they are back for a day tomorrow, we’ll see how happy they are tomorrow night!

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  9. sounds pretty drastic -- from chocolate treats to chia seeds and oats! What about vegetables and fruit?

    be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Veg and fruit are there too, mainly lots of berries, peppers and celery, it’s a learning curve!

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  10. My goodness, yes, it feels like it has been Groundhog Year. On and on and on. Wake up, and the days repeat over and over.

    I'm so glad they are able to lift restrictions safely there for you. I hope your daughters love being back with their friends.

    Lamplighters has such a great cover. I can't wait to see what you think about it.

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    1. They are really enjoying seeing their friends and their teachers, they seem happy but whether that’s the case when they go back full time we shall see!

      Lamplighters was really good, I’m hoping to put my thoughts down this week.

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  11. At least spring his here! It's great that you're learning to love healthier options. I've had a bad sugar week and the pimples to show for it!

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    1. Spring has sprung, it’s lovely to see the colours.

      Argh spots, saying that after week two of my healthy eating I came out in spots!

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  12. Oh Heather you're certainly not the only one who feels like their living groundhog week! I just need the same song to be on the radio each morning for the feeling to be complete! However the easing of restrictions, the return of your daughters to school and the roll out of the vaccine (I got my first dose this week) is giving us a light at the end of the tunnel at least now! Also well done for your new healthier diet. Take care and happy reading in the coming week 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jessica!

      I’m just looking forward to getting back to semi-normal, there is still a long way to go but things are looking a lot better!

      That’s great news about your vaccine, I’m hopeful I’ll get mine by summer everyone else has had theirs, I’m feeling left out!

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  13. Tell me about it, I am finding coming up with different titles for my Sunday post each week is challenging as nothing much is happening. Has spring reached Scotland yet?
    I keep on seeing How do you Live all over the place, ill be interested what you make of it.
    Charlotte Burt's Books

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    1. Spring is making its mark all over my street and on the walks I go on, it’s nice and colourful!

      I’m looking forward to reading it, it sounds very good.

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  14. I am trying to be a little healthier too. I even bought chia seeds! I looked at them this morning though and couldn't remember why they were healthy and put them back. Maybe tomorrow. Lol.

    What Abigail Did That Summer looks good! I would like to encounter a posse of talking foxes.

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    1. Chia seeds are a minefield! I happily poured some out to soak and the next day noticed on the packet I should on eat 15g not the 30g I put in my oats. They are great to bung in my oats and yoghurt.

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  15. I've also been looking after my health more lately. It's hard to adjust to certain things but I started at the beginning of the year so some of it is starting to just become a habit now. Good luck with everything! And Happy reading :)

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    1. It is very hard to adjust and much willpower is needed but I am the same its starting to fall in to place and I am enjoying it!

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  16. love love love overnight oats! They're delicious. Congratulations on making the decision to eat more healthy foods - I need to do this myself. Yesterday I went grocery shopping and didn't buy any junk food, getting healthier is a goal for me as well. Happy Reading!

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    1. It’s just willpower isn’t it! Some weeks you have it and some weeks you don’t! Yes, overnight oats are lovely, I’m still messing about with the make up of mine but its great fun trying!

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  17. my diet in the beginning of covid was explenary, now the last month-ive fallen, drinking more milk and have a knackering for protein of any sort.

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  18. omg, delete my last comment, I thought i was on someone elses blog and then when i hit send--instant mortification. but yeah, hope your week was good.

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  19. I agre that weeks do tend to blend together!

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  20. Glad to hear about the gradual easing of COVID restrictions. Hopefully we aren't all opening up too soon with all the variants showing up lately. Have a good week.

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    1. There are so many variants, we definitely have to be cautious.

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  21. Yeah sometimes weeks go quick and it's Sunday Post time and I'm like- didn't I just do one of these? lol.

    I changed up my diet too recently and it does take an adjustment! Hope yours go well- and reopening of school too.

    I like the look of your books. The Wolf Mile looks interesting.

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    1. Yep it’s definitely adjustment especially when my husband is eating a Krispy Kreme across from me!

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  22. Ever since I changed my eating habits, I've gotten down to my goal weight. I found alternatives to the things I love. For example, I love sugar, but instead of using white table sugar, I use monkfruit, which looks and tastes exactly like regular white sugar, but without the bad things that is in sugar.

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    1. I’m seeing monkfruit in loads of recipes, I’ve not seen in it my local supermarket but will try my nearest health food shop. I’ve been using honey at the moment which is delicious but my calorie counter always gives me a frown face when I log it.

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  23. Good for you on your resolve to eat healthier! It's important to fit in some treats as well, though so as not to feel deprived.

    They've been easing restrictions here, too, and I'm happy about it, but not so happy with the increase in traffic it brings. :/

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    1. I add in some treats at the weekend and it’s nicer instead of having a treat every few hours!

      There is so much traffic on the road here it’s like everything has gone back to normal.

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  24. I've been trying to eat a lot healthier lately as well. Mostly trying not to eat after 7:00 PM or before 9 and then watching my intake a bit. I've gained a lot of COVID weight!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I’m not having anything after 7pm except a cup of herbal tea, I’m usually hungry but I’m handling it better than I was!

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  25. I start the low food diet today. Too much food in the last two weeks for me. We had the first big family gathering last night. All adults were vaccinated. It was a lot of fun but it was a lot of people at one time! Have a fine week!

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    1. That’s sounds like great fun, I’m looking forward to family gatherings again!

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  26. Yay for chia seeds and overnight porridge, I love them myself ! And I make my own almond milk... which leaves me with okara that I use to make chocolate chips cookies that are much appreciated by my whole family ! I usually don't eat much junk food but there are "those" times in the month when I find it difficult to remain reasonable :/ My youngest daughter is to go to school on monday, tuesday, wednesday this week, then stay home, and it will be the reverse the following week. I've read The rivers of london by Ben Aaronovitch (the first), I'd love to read the rest someday. Enjoy !

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    1. It’s just so easy to put together and it’s nice experimenting with different things in the mix. I don’t think I’m brave enough to make my own almond milk but it really is delicious.

      I’ve read the first few Rivers of London books but I plan to go back and read them all when I have clear reading space!

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  27. yes I need to look more closely at my snacking and sugar intake. Covid has not helped me with it. I hope more people are getting vaccinated there if things are opening up.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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    1. No covid just turned me in to a one woman eating machine mainly out of boredom!

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  28. I cannot make myself like overnight oats though I love the idea of it but I have liked these drinks I've had with chia seeds and I love green tea! I need to start making sweets a weekly treat. I think I'd appreciate them a lot more! Hopefully your daughters are enjoying school. I like the way their school is transitioning with just one day. I know a lot of parents who have struggled with overwhelmed kids when school just suddenly started back. Have a great week!

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    1. I’m definitely appreciating sweets more but I’m also discovering alternatives too. Green tea is an acquired taste but I’ve discovered it’s very nice with berries added to it.

      The girls seem fine just now, hopefully it’ll last!

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  29. I've been trying to eat healthier too and it's definitely a work in progress. :) I kinda like the challenge though, and I do feel better when I eat healthier stuff. I like the look of some of those books- need to check a few out, especially that first one!

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    1. I feel better too but I also feel hungry a lot of the time! I like the challenge too!

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  30. Hope your girls enjoy being back with friends. I thank God regularly for my daughter's school which has been open all year when I read stuff like that.

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    1. They are both ok with the change, they’ve had to adapt very quickly to the new way of learning and I’m proud they are soldiering in.

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  31. I'll still be staying at home at least until I get my second jag, maybe even until we get this autumn booster they're talking about. Still, I have a ton of fence varnishing that needs doing to keep me busy!

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    1. I’m still a little nervous as cases seem to be on the rise in Europe, it’s not over yet.

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