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Day 6 - Up and at 'em

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Up early yesterday day with energy to spare. It was a really sunny morning so I walked by the sea just in case the sunshine didn’t last. Definitely a good move as it did, indeed, rain later. Did some time on the static bike and some strength exercises. I am starting to change up my strength routines, choosing exercises that are more pertinent to my needs, the beginning of balance issues in particular, trying to work towards a more perfect execution of them and upping my indoor biking and walking this week - in both time and speed - to increase the calorie burn. Doesn’t seem to be much point in leaving things static – that way boredom lies and I am very bad at being bored! So onward and upward was my mantra yesterday.
Gave my flat a thorough clean – on account of all that energy – and the rain outside. Thanks to awareness developed on Spark, I can’t avoid the fact these days that if I eat healthily and get some exercise in, I DO feel better, have more energy for stuff that needs doing and am less inclined to overeat – a lesson to learn and remember when I next start to slither. I’ve got to a point now where I only have to look at certain foods and I just KNOW how bad they will make me feel. Serious progress – HOORAH for me!
An uneventful and very satisfactory day – I will try and make sure that there are many more.
Oh . . . AND – a couple of pics of that little grandson of mine at his first birthday parties – yes he had two! He and his big brother are at the heart of my reason for doing this – so that we can have fun with each other for as long as possible.

Big brother Sam and Eli with a birthday toy

Eli's birthday BBQ

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TWOTIMESS 9/7/2010 5:08PM

You're doing great!

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AMBERZADE 9/7/2010 4:12AM

    Your grandchildren are beautiful! It sounds like you're doing great. I wish I could take a walk to the sea. LOL Have a great day!


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NEW-CAZ 9/7/2010 3:21AM

    So glad you're feeling the benefit of eating well and being active.
Sounds like you had a busy day! All that energy emoticon

And I love the pic of your grandsons, so cute.
And it's just one reason for staying healthy Sonia...the other is for yourself!

Have a great Tuesday my friend emoticon

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Day 5 - a really lovely day with loads of fun

Monday, September 06, 2010

Yesterday was great! Strength exercises earIy and a Pre-breakfast bowl of low fat yoghourt with pomegranate seeds and a quarter serving of home-made smoothie as a kind of sauce. I needed to be prepared as I was cooking a shared brunch at a friend’s house – she’s got a beautiful garden but doesn’t cook much. PERFECT!!! Great place to eat but I was in charge of the food - YAY!! I cooked a huge Spanish omelette in my big paella pan to accommodate the size needed which I put through the Spark recipe calculator (thank you SparkPeople – such great tools you give us!) and made a large and luscious salad with asparagus, artichoke hearts, avocado and cherry tomatoes among the leaves. A breadmaking friend provided walnut bread and we were all very happy in what we daily expect to be the last of the sunshine.
In the afternoon we tramped on the beautiful South Downs for an hour and a half where we came across an open air rave so we grannies bopped around among the magenta and blue haired participants. They didn’t seem to mind and we had fun.
In the evening there was more salad – similar ingredients but with Tiger Prawns griddled with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. An easy day – easy food – lots and lots of fun and I was at the low end of my calorie range. Hoorah for me!

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SWEETMAHA 9/7/2010 2:06AM

    love the pictures and lovely blog!!

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TRENTDREAMER 9/6/2010 8:41AM

    awesome. hope u have a gr8 week!!

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ANNIE924 9/6/2010 7:59AM

    Wow what a wonderful menu and sounds like you had a fun, fun day. Good for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/6/2010 6:48AM

    Sounds like an amazing day Sonia and I love the food emoticon

So glad you had such a good time emoticon

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AMBERZADE 9/6/2010 5:41AM

    It sounds like you had a great day and some great food!


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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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