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Day 4 - better after yesterday's hiccup

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Yesterday was the opposite of the previous day. I knew I was going to have a busy but irregular day so I had a substantial breakfast –hardboiled egg mashed with 2 tsps of extra light mayo on toast + alfalfa sprouts and chopped plum tomato with parsley. Followed that with a half measure of home made smoothie. All yummy actually. emoticon

Then I did the stationary bike and a selection of Spark exercises – some new advanced ones that I am finding more difficult and want to get on top of – emoticon emoticon emoticon all adding up to a full body work out suitable for an ageing granny! Then sretches. Went well – felt OK about it. Usual walk by the sea emoticonmy fallback walk when I don’t have a lot of time.

Then 1hr 30min drive to the family BBQ – and CHAOS!!! emoticon
My younger son can only do anything to a ( last minute) deadline – so he and his father had laid the new patio slabs the previous day –he and his wife shopped for the BBQ food yesterday morning and even bought the BBQ which needed assembly. So – I scrubbed the concrete off the slabs emoticon
and helped assemble the BBQ - made salads emoticon emoticon
prepared meat and veggie kebabs emoticon emoticonchanged the baby umpteen times emoticon took my elder grandson for a walk in the woods near their home with a football when he got over excited. emoticon emoticon PHEW!! emoticon emoticon
Time for half a dozen raw veggies with hummus for late lunch with a small glass of Pimms and chats to some nice people emoticon emoticon

The food, which looked delicious, wasn’t actually ready till later than hoped, as can happen with BBQs, so I had to leave them all eating it and come back to Brighton because I was due to help some students at the uni. Felt bad (and relieved!) leaving before food but I had commitments. They were certainly all having a good time and I was more than delighted. My son and wife have two children but this baby whose birthday we are celebrating so thoroughly is actually their third child because, as some of you know, they lost their second child in a cot death. It has been hard for them worrying about getting this baby through his first year and everyone was delighted to see them – and the baby – well and happy. There was sunshine and rain as I left - producing a double birthday emoticon over the party emoticon

Later a ‘fish-freak’ friend emoticonmade me a meal of broiled lemony scallops followed by lobster and salad, There is a sort of shack by the sea here in Brighton where the owner and a friend go out in their boat first thing and then sell the fish they have caught– totally fresh - and when it’s gone it’s gone. YUM!!!!
A couple of judicious glasses of wine and some goats cheese emoticon emoticon and my calorie count was right on the nose.

No food difficulties at all and loadsa running about using up calories. Those are the days I like. emoticon

Oh yes – and 2 pounds down emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 9/5/2010 1:59PM

That was a good day! Your food sounds great!

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NEW-CAZ 9/5/2010 7:15AM

    emoticon Sonia sounds like a marvelous day and 2 pounds down emoticon

So glad yesterday was more positive for you all round, it's those days that make you feel so much better about yourself, your day and your exercise.
LOL you certainly had your work cut out for you emoticon

Have an equally good Sunday

Laters emoticon

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Day 3 - a more difficult day - but why?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Yesterday I got up and did time on the exercise bike, some strength exercises and stretching and then went walking by the sea. I didn’t want to do any of it, truth be told, don’t know why but counted it was ‘one of those days’ and got on with it.
I drank water a lot and stayed within my calorie range– but only just – and even then it’s not absolutely certain.
I would love to understand what exactly makes some days quite easy to get through so that I think I’m on my way - and then poof! - the next day is unbelievably difficult. Yesterday I was ‘hungry’ all day – except that of course it wasn’t – couldn’t’ve been - actual hunger. I was going out to supper yesterday but by the time the evening came I had 327 calories left in my ‘bank’. I would have cancelled the meal but it absolutely wasn’t appropriate so I went – drank water – had a vegetable starter only and a small salad – counted it as best I could when I got back and it seemed that was just on my limit. Of course it’s impossible to be sure when you eat in a restaurant but I pretty well feel OK about yesterday. Foodwise that is – and because I kept the brakes on. However I really do wonder what that was about – it was a hard struggle to stay on the track. Guess the only thing is to put it behind me and look at today as a new day – a better day.

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TWOTIMESS 9/5/2010 3:08PM

It gets better!

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NEW-CAZ 9/4/2010 6:44AM

    Morning Sonia, some days are more difficult than others especially when you expect perfection in every aspect of keeping healthy eating and exercising to that high standard you've set yourself.
Relax a little.
This is about eating reasonably and healthily and getting active during the day remember...enough to raise the heart beat and burn some calories and to work those muscles.

You did it emoticon emoticon.
And it will get easier, small steps lead to great results.... I promise! emoticon

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Day 2 - still doing OK

Friday, September 03, 2010

Good day yesterday – again! emoticon

Kept within my calorie range – as far as I can tell. We went out to early supper after my grandson's party – which was great – and it’s difficult, of course, to calorie-count meals eaten out. However – I feel OK about the effort I made which is something.
Because of the meal I was much later home than I expected and didn’t walk by the sea later as I promised myself (typing that I see that a walk in the dark wouldn't have gone amiss) but as I ran myself ragged with the kids I feel OK about that too.
I am aware, however, that I need to beware of excuses, complacency and ‘making up’ calorie counts. So I’ll be super careful today. I am using this month of ‘public’ accountability to develop greater awareness of what I eat and do, so these are lessons well learned.
Resolved to make today an extra good day

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57GRACE 9/3/2010 5:45AM

  Walk by the sea.... what a wonderful way to end the day! I'm on day three today (it's now Friday). I know my grandson works me out, and what a wonderful way to get exercise and love!

Great start!

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NEW-CAZ 9/3/2010 5:23AM

    emoticon Sonia, you'd be surprised how many calories you burn running after kids plus you're bending to grab them- so you get an arm and core workout emoticon.

Keep up the food tracking hun it really does make a difference
Rooting for you and here to kick butt emoticon

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FLB.MMA 9/3/2010 5:19AM

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TWOTIMESS 9/3/2010 3:01AM

We'll be rooting for you!

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Day 1 successfully done

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Not a bad start. Yesterday I stayed within my calorie range – exercised and walked although not as much as I intended. Just a Spark generated selection of ST exercises and a 20 minute walk. Intended to do more but I told myself I was resting up after a hard few weeks – which is true but it can’t be a regular excuse or the effort I have promised myself to make make will never happen.

Today my little grandson is one year old and is having a lunch party. I will be there playing with him and his friends and their bigger brothers and sisters – always good for calorie burning!! So – as long as I leave the kiddie’s lunch alone all should be well – oh – and need to give the champagne for the grandparents a miss too!
I have already spent time on the stationary bike, worked out to Coach Nicole’s Fit, Fired and Firmed Up (All about Abs). Later will walk at least 30 min by the sea in the evening sunshine. Large chicken salad planned for dinner followed by a pampering bath with bubbles and a good book.
Doesn’t seem too difficult – let’s hope it isn’t!! Will keep you posted.

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TWOTIMESS 9/2/2010 3:53PM

Ah... the pampering - we always seem to neglect that part. You've got the right idea!

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NEW-CAZ 9/2/2010 5:38AM

    Hey Sonia like you style hun, a great start to taking care of you. Good food, some great activity, time with you charming grandson and some pampering emoticon

Love to see you so much more positive now! emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/2/2010 5:28AM

    Take care of you! You are worth it! emoticon

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OK - here I go . . .

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September is a new month - and I blush to add the beginning of my second year on Spark. I've made very little progress really although I've learned a lot and developed better habits which is, of course, a large part of the whole point.

I am pledging to make a bigger and more consistent effort at slow/steady weight loss and to be accountable - principally to myself. In short to take responsibility for treating myself better in many many ways. Eating and exercising better and logging everything . . . Oh yes - and drinking the water.

I also need to stop rushing about so much and stop avoiding the fact that what I really need is to settle down to making my life better.

I also want to commit to Spark friends and to my teams - where would I be without either?

I'll report back tomorrow.

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TWOTIMESS 9/1/2010 1:45PM

We'll be here for you!

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NEW-CAZ 9/1/2010 9:06AM

    So pleased to hear you're putting you first Sonia.
You ARE important...think of all the people who rely on you, you are important to them.
And you owe it to yourself to take care of that body.
And that doesn't just mean good food and exercise, some pampering wouldn't go amiss.
A great plan for yourself and I'll be here to support you hun, emoticon emoticon

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