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….taking steps….forward

Its day 17….technically only 4 days left of the 21 Day Sugar Detox..

I am making a plan of what’s next…..

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I know I can’t go back and be this women!!! She was 21,engaged to be married, weighing in at 8 st 7lbs (oh heck that’s what my thighs weigh now!!)….this women didn’t know what it’s like to be married to her best friend for 33 years, hadn’t found her Faith…hadn’t moved to America

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..this women knew the joy of 5 children…knew that God answered prayers..

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…this women wasn’t on ‘the hill’…she was on her way back to England2001 6b the Family at Laredo airport

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..10 years on ‘the hill’…still smiling

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…this women still smiles but you can see it in her eyes…

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so you can see where I’m at…Planning for the next steps after Day 21…

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..taking steps….to a total detox

….I’ve taken more steps since I last wrote…today is day 5 of the 21 day Sugar detox ..

I have written a little diary this week, it has helped focus my brain on the positives as well as an outlet for the negatives..

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Day 2

  •   –    I woke up to such a pounding head I thought it was going to explode
  •  +     smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast…soooo yummy
  •  + and –    hot water with slice of lemon..i did miss my morning cup of tea
  •  +     the amazing support and encouragement  I received on the blog/FB/texts and e.mails…really helped me take the next steps
  • +      went shopping and organised what I could eat rather than what I couldn’t
  • +      wrote a weeks menu…I included snacks as well because I’m such a snacker  ‘Sandra the Secret  Snacker’…(not to be said 20 x fast because it then sounds really funny!!)
  •  –    must remember to drink more water, really need water to flush out the system.
  •  +    really nice sautéed chicken with ginger/lemon and coriander.
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Day 3
  •  –    thought I had got away with the headaches….ohhh no!! must be an indicator of how much sugar and processed food I have been eating.
  •  +   made my self eat breakfast this morning, really glad I did because it really helped with cravings. I had scrambled egg and mushrooms + a juice of spinach, cucumber, pepper and beetroot.
  •  +  had to take my aunt to hospital…really glad I took snack of almonds and drank a lot of water.
  •  –   skin,ears and scalp felt really itchy.
  •  +  my lovely hubby took me out to eat…..I stuck to plan with mixed grill, exchanged steak fry’s for salad and the lovely waitress brought me  hot waters with lemon….would usually had a couple of lattes and glass of red wine.
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  •  –  really missed cuppa tonight
  •  + writing this diary is helping
Day 4
  •  +  no headaches………aghhhh.. bliss, to everyone who battles with migraines I am sending you a massive hug x
  •  + breakfast today was a big glass of juice..beetroot with carrot, spinach and pepper
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  • –    I should have taken something to work for mid morning munchies ( didn’t follow my own menu plan!!)
  • +   But I did take a salad and opened a can of sardines….
  • +++++ a BIG thank you to Amy for bringing me mixed nuts to snack on in the afternoon…you saved me drooling every time someone took a biscuit from the ‘biscuit tea pot’!!
  •  –   cravings have been the big battle today…I CAN do this…
  •  +  I had made a big pan of Mexican bean soup yesterday and that was soooo good to come home to.
  •  +  thank you again for all the encouragement I have been getting…it really is helping x
Day 5
  •   –  I have to admit that this morning I REALLY WANTED a bacon sandwich, not only that I WANTED as many peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches I could eat before feeling sick…..I know.. I hang my head…you all know now the reason for my treble chins!!
  • +   I didn’t give in, instead I juiced spinach, carrot, pepper, celery, beetroot and cucumber….it DID not taste like bacon or peanut butter but I am happy I didn’t give in.
  •  – I have felt really dizzy today and a bit nauseous but reading what has happened to other people on this detox it seems normal.
  • + Mexican bean soup for lunch and avocado and egg salad
  • + tried hot water with fresh ginger, a nice alternative to the lemon
  • +   I’m no longer feeling like ALL of the seven allergy dwarves – itchy, sneezy, scratchy, stuffy, puffy, drippy and whiny.

….so the next steps today are…to go shopping and top up on lemons, nuts and fish +prepare a nice stir fry for evening meal + a long soak in the bath + catch up on programmes taped this week Doc Martin, Downton Abbey and my podcasts from Saddleback…

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…taking steps…

This blog post is more of a personal post, i’m going to be writing more of these ‘taking steps’ posts along with my usual posts of whats happening on ‘the hill’. It will give me a place to  write about things that are close to my Heart,document faith and share… it is part of who i am….this is me..

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…by now most of us have been through events in our life that are ‘uncontrollable’…

there is absolutely nothing we could do to stop it..a bit like the runaway train with

no brakes…after things are out of control we tend to do one of two things:-

1) we go into overdrive…filling every last minute with activities/work and events.

2) we are fearful…..scared that the same thing or similar will happen again ..we tend to retreat.

both of these tend to ‘cushion’ us from feeling …

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I had a thought …what if we flipped the negative and turned it to a positive….

…what if we let go of the ‘steering wheel’ in life and enjoy those times when we don’t look at the clock and we get lost in a moment..

..i love baking when there’s no dinner to prepare

..i love sitting and doodling in my notebook when i don’t have to draw straight lines

…i love reading new books by trusted authors and i get lost in the pages

…i love wearing leggings and old sweaters and curly hair (‘baggy pants and curly hair days’) when i don’t have to  be dressed up

…i love singing to Bon Jovi at the top of my voice (..it has to be ‘It’s my Life) even though i sing it out of key

…i love creating in my journal until I’m lost in the page and my thoughts are mixed in the paint

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..after being lost in a lot of those moments i found my head was clearing…

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..i could make decisions

..i could choose my direction

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..this has been our decision (‘our’ is me and mine)


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…’on the hill’…a week in June

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….oh how lovely this sight was this week…to have Amy on ‘the hill’..she is having a little break before

she moves into her new home in Nottingham..she will be back for the summer but will be working quite a bit so I treasure the times I have with her…

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..this is my prayer for her as she tackles new challenges..love you Amy…my daughters are strong women going through different challenges in their lives..

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..why a picture of a table cloth?….because its the new cover on the table on ‘the hill’..its clean and fresh looking and I’m loving it!!

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…LOOK what came in the post today…a book of sample card and paper from a supplier…do you think they knew I needed a new challenge for Journaling!!….I was doing a journal jig on the hill when this arrived..be still my beating heart x

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..re-loving of very old and broken step ladders…David was a gem and fixed it and added extended steps for my plants..there is a wheel barrow (thanks to Theresa) in the process of being re-loved

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..talking of David…its his birthday tomorrow..and I made him a mixed media card this year..he loves it when I make his cards and I haven’t made him one in a couple of years so I think hes going to be HAPPY..

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…talking of happy…a we are learning how to paint Teddy’s on ‘the hill’, on Saturdays class we began with water colour teddies..

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..its a quick and easy method and im loving that you can make a card from the practice sample..Anne and Eileen are having a go in the morning too

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..today was catch up on orders day…baby hearts..

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…im going to try and make these for you know who and me if possible….i’m Mad you say

Yes I’m madly in love with the idea of becoming a Grandma xxxx


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…a view from ‘the hill’…

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..sitting here with my cuppa and dunking my biscuit -( I’m allowing myself 1 a day now I’m back on track with eating and keeping a food diary..a habit i want to establish again because it helped me when i lost weight with Slimming World) 

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…. this is my food diary…a pressie from the lovely Lauren x

..I am in the mood to focus, it’s already March and the sun is shining more (I still need my hot water bottle though!)..February was  a good month, lots of creating, painting, family times …but i have also learnt a BIG Life Lesson…well everyone else will no doubt already have learnt it but I’m a really slooooow learner!!

What Life Lesson?……

  • – I can’t control what people ‘think’  ‘do’ or ‘say’
  • -I can’t control what happens in life
  •  BUT
  • I CAN control how I think and feel
  • I CAN control what I do next
  • I CAN control what I say and how i treat people

..my most important lesson is I can control what I Create and that I need to take the time to enjoy every step of the process whether I’m creating in my journal,painting a project..baking cakes or cooking a meal or decorating my home…

talking about ‘cooking a meal’- I’m really into soup making at the moment(cold weather I think influenced this!)

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I love all the chopping and preparation and David likes baking bread so in the cold weather it has been easy to have a bowl of soup and slice of bread (I am really trying here to NOT have loads of butter..not easy so i have been using low fat Philly)

It was Stephanie and Callum’s birthday in February,( they were both 23) so we went to their house for a meal and i don’t normally share lots of family pictures but I thought you would like these pictures we took of each other because I see LAUGHING faces

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and  looking at these pictures made me jump back to what i was saying before…. I  CAN control what I do and I’m choosing to be as positive and happy as I possibly can be…….yes there are days that I want to be under the duvet and re-group .. but even then I’m taking my journals and doodle bag with me+a pot of tea+my latest book+laptop/pinterest+Netflix+hot water bottle and that 1 biscuit…it’s a big duvet!!

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..I’ve been busy filling orders and creating on ‘the hill’ ..the crosses are really popular at the moment on ‘the hill’ and Notonthehighstreet.com for Baptism’s and Confirmation’s but also can be personalized with an inspirational word or message

…I loved painting ‘Betty’s Boudoir’ as a gift for a lady who was 60 last month

…also Grace had a ‘Frozen’ craft party at the shop… as I can’t ‘copy’ Elsa from Frozen I decided to create a ‘Princess Grace’ that all the little 6 year old girls could paint at the party. A lot of fun (for me too)

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this Saturday is the last session of the February Beginners Course -its not really the last because this lovely group have decided to continue creating ( I’m busy putting the finishing touches to their next project)

I have really enjoyed creating with Jean,Emma,Tina,Pauline and Anne….what a lovely group, I much prefer small groups and made a decision this year to keep workshops small so I can take the time to create with everyone..

Talking of Workshops the next one on ‘the hill’ will be

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Creating with Fabric
…painting and creating on fabric…
Saturday 21st March  1.00-4.00pm
£22 per workshop includes all supplies

…Painting and creating on fabric is another one of my favorites and is much easier than you imagine and the fabric  can be used to create pillows,book covers,bags or frame to make a wall hanging.

Well the pot of tea is finished and i need to stretch my legs before getting back to finishing the wooden picture and frame I’m working on…

14202a785988f59d5e85f958b067f235Just before I sign off Lucie has been blogging about a new project she has designed “Four Season Button Club Whimsical Applique & Stitchery”……she has created a beautiful project and if you jump over to her blog she will be able to let you know all about it

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..these are pictures of a couple of the blocks she posted ….Don’t they make you HAPPY…


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…2014…

..we couldn’t have achieved this year without you all, David and I and our family say a BIG THANK YOU for your friendship, support and love..we look forward to a very Creative 2015..

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