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Is it a solution? ;-)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My elder son has become increasingly perturbed lately about my weight and shape (‘don’t want to lose you sooner than I have to, Ma’ Aaww!) He and I both know that now, after 18 months on Spark, I am down to approximately 30 pounds overweight, and about halfway down the ‘overweight’ scale on the BMI tables – not too bad, I told myself. However I used the Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator here on Spark today (in an attempt to put my son’s mind at rest, I have to say) and the result is ‘high risk’ of health problems I find. I guess I’m lucky thus far in not having any real health problems. However – attention does need to be paid.
A Spark friend said to me yesterday: ‘be good and if you can’t be good, be careful’. A semi-joke I think – but it made me think that ‘good’ and ‘careful’ have not really figured large in my life – hence the poor food and exercise habits which have led to my having to undo a lifetime of indulgences. I am finding it hard.
This afternoon the elder son is threatening to lock me in a room in his flat, feed me daily through the door with healthy food at appropriate intervals, let me out 3 times a day to march me round The Old Deer Park where he lives and put me through my paces on his home gym. He would then return me to my ‘cell'. All this until I am at goal. ‘HA! HA!’ I said, knowing how unrealistic that is, but wondering at the same time if it would work!
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MEDDYPEDDY 11/23/2010 1:10AM

    Ooooo, send that son to me! This is exactly what I would wish for myself although I do know that it is a quick fix and would not help if I did not change my behaviours in the longrun.

I do know that my behaviour stems from not standing up for myself and my needs. It is SO hard!

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NPDSLEUTH 11/21/2010 11:23PM

    I'm proud of you for taking the comments in stride. I must say, though, you really are doing well and doing it right which means the weight will stay off!

After the years I've struggled, I can vouch that the deprivation, starvation route does NOT work. Slow and steady is the way to success and that's where you're headed.

Your sons are lucky that you are working so hard at this -- I know they want this for you, but I hope they let you do this YOUR way --

Hang in there. I believe in you! Nikki


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NEW-CAZ 11/18/2010 1:11PM

    OMG Sonia- tough love or parental abuse emoticon emoticon

Now I know I said I'd emoticon but he's taking it all to another level entirely!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think it's great that he cares for you and wants you fit and healthy and YOU ARE GETTING THERE SONIA me ole fruit.

And you will get to your goal- just be GOOD AND CAREFUL emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEWINNER33 11/18/2010 11:27AM

    I t would work only if you maintain that regime after you reach goal. emoticon Isn't it wonderful that your sons care for you soo much. You don't need to be imprisoned to reach goal. You will get there my friend. I continue to believe that you and I should crash the wedding. Think about it !! emoticon emoticon emoticon Marcia

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Keeping going no matter what . . .

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

‘committed to keep on keeping on’ – words I read in a new friend’s blog yesterday – not a new concept here but they certainly spoke to me yesterday.

Just wonder how many new starts a person can make? Guess I’m about to find out emoticon

I know the Spark habits are with me – even if they've been hiding . Despite more or less slipping beneath the radar, I have been doing a few strength exercises each day emoticon and walked a bit every day emoticon – thanks Spark. None of it as much as I should but more than I would have before SP principles sneaked in and established themselves almost without my noticing. I’ve also paid more attention to food – again, not as much as I should but the basic principles are in place – it’s been more portion sizes that were the problem. So even in an off-time Spark has helped subliminally. emoticon

Apparently I’ve changed enough for ‘that thing’ to have started – the ‘thing’ that goes: ‘You won’t lose too much will you? You don’t want to get too thin.’ This from folk who weigh considerably less than I do! Why do people do that? If we want to talk BMI – then I am officially well into ‘overweight’ range still and need to lose another 30ish pounds. So – NO – I don’t want to get too thin but I DO want to get to a healthy weight and I’m ignoring all of ‘THEM’ until I get there. And I AM going to do that - and then I really won’t care what anyone says! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/11/2010 8:50PM

    "Apparently I�ve changed enough for �that thing� to have started � the �thing� that goes: �You won�t lose too much will you? You don�t want to get too thin.� This from folk who weigh considerably less than I do! Why do people do that? I"

* People hate/are scared by change. People project their own insecurities onto others.

Continued success to you. You can totally do this!!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 11/11/2010 12:08PM

    Your post made me smile. And the comment about "getting too thin". I think this is more about others insecurities than anything else. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED reading about how you chose to disregard all that "noise" and set yourself a goal of where you feel healthy, happy and comfortable. emoticon emoticon emoticon

SP is pretty darn sneaky with those habits. I think the fact that you find yourself practicing these habits - even a little bit - just "because" speaks volumes about how effective your lifestyle change is! You are BEING that person you want to be. emoticon You have inspired me! emoticon

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APPLEADAY2010 11/10/2010 11:59AM

    Well done on your positive attitude! Sounds like you have learned well from Spark and even though you havn't been on it as much lately you have still made good choices every day such as choosing to do some toning etc. I think you are ready to go full pelt now so good luck with that and keep us posted! xx emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2010 11:21AM

    Love your attitude Sonia!
You want to be fit and healthy and there's no stopping you emoticon.
It is strange how quickly healthy habits form and become second nature and we can all build on that emoticon and all it's done for me.
And I just know with your determination you'll get to a healthly BMI and your goal weight.. and blow your friends socks off with the new you emoticon emoticon

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Gains and Losses

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

It's a very long time since I blogged but I have to start back sometime. So here I am.
The last blog I posted was entitled 'Back on Board' I see. Well - cancel that! Sadly it was wishful thinking.
I've been in a bad space due to various upsets in my life and eating too much - not unhealthily - just consistently over my calories. Minimal exercise too. I have had to spend some time getting back on track and losing what I regained. So silly - hard lost pounds should be taken care of and not enticed back. At least I'm back where I was - indeed minus one :-) I would like to think the gain and loss is a lesson learned - but I can never be sure unfortunately.

For now - though - things are going well . . .

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WESLEYV 11/9/2010 8:18AM

    Welcome back

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NEW-CAZ 11/9/2010 7:58AM

    Heu Sonia you're back on the ball now, that's what matters.
We all have slide backs at times for whatever reason- the trick is to put it behind you and go forward.
With you all the way my friend
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LINDYPAINTS 11/9/2010 7:57AM

    Good for you,back to blogging and for thinking positively! Good luck! emoticon

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DOWNTOWNJEN 11/9/2010 7:40AM

    Kudos for eating healthy during trying times and getting back on track!

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MISSFORTE 11/9/2010 7:35AM

    yeah me too 2 weeks I have been off the wagon too many calories not bad food just too many calories. not enough excercise either


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Back on board . . .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Afraid my resolution to blog every day this month has failed. I have found it really useful for my motivation and certainly found the supportive responses most helpful. I've been busier than I expected to be with non-stop appointments with students or working away. Plenty of walking time in the course of my duties but no strength exercises to speak of. Some questionable food choices. Time to correct all that and get back on the wagon although there is potentially one more week before the students settle down to their serious course work and leave me free to get on with my own life.

I returned from work in the West Country yesterday morning because I wanted to attend the funeral of the son of friends who died instantly, aged 41, in a ridiculous domestic electrical accident. There had to be a post mortem and various tests so the funeral was delayed and then happened rather quickly. It was really harrowing - he was the sort of guy that burned bright, inspired everyone he had contact with and has left a huge gap in many lives. Too young to go and with so much left to achieve. Certainly stopped my personal self-pity in it's tracks.

So - today's the new start - good food - decent strength exercises and walking a lot are on my menu again - come what may!

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    I love new days, weeks and months. It's so great that we can start again and again. Good for you! Your on the right track. Have a great weekend.

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ROSEWCI 9/26/2010 8:09PM

    Nice recover! Keep up the good work!

How sad about your friend's son. Life is fragile...we must handle w/care!

Rose emoticon

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AMBERZADE 9/25/2010 6:22AM

    I find it useful to write everyday too but I sometimes lose a day here and there. It's sometimes hard to find things to write about. But since the point is not to let things build up, I usually will post a blog anyway.

I am very sorry to hear about your friend.

I know you'll do great with your fresh start! Everyday is a new day and we can make out of it whatever we want to.


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MEDDYPEDDY 9/25/2010 5:43AM

    You obviously write a time of day when I have allready done my sparking and the next day you have already disappeared from m friend feed... I will go back and read september blogs and I am glad that you have found it useful to write as often as possible - I need to do the same thing but there is too much going on...

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NEW-CAZ 9/25/2010 5:36AM

    Hi Sonia, you have had a busy month and your resolution had to take a back seat is all but I'm glad you've found the responses encouraging.

I'm sorry to hear about your son's friend that is so tragic, certainly makes you count your blessings.

Have a great weekend hun, I'm off to workout while Pete watches F1 qualifying. emoticon

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Days 19 and 20 - Busy!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

. . . but busy is good in this instance.

Yesterday I was unexpectedly re-allocated from my visiting teachers to a job in a school in Bournemouth for 2 or 3 days. Near my little house and convenient for everyone. Especially for ME - Hoorah!! These jobs are always busy with very little time to think about anything much - including food. Without the temptations of last week I'm expecting ta few good days - not out of any virtue on my part but nonetheless every little helps.


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TRENTDREAMER 9/21/2010 6:11PM

    Without the temptations of last week I'm expecting ta few good days - not out of any virtue on my part but nonetheless every little helps.

g00d newz!! thanks 4 ur comment on my bl0g!!!

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ROSEWCI 9/21/2010 6:51AM

    Have a great couple of days! emoticon

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MADDE3333 9/21/2010 6:04AM

    Sounds like the stars are lining up for your success! I am sure it's being closer to home.

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AMBERZADE 9/21/2010 5:20AM

    Yay you! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2010 5:17AM

    Hey sounds like you have some variety in your job Sonia, enough to keep you out of mischief any road emoticon

Have a great day hun emoticon

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