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More tales from the Bootcamp

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Having said I lost no weight on the Spring Bootcamp - which was both true and disappointing I nonetheless felt it had done me a great deal of good in boosting my energy levels and I could see (and measure) that I was more toned. Fine by me – truly believe you all when you say the number on the scale is not everything.
However – today – only 4 days after the final Bootcamp weigh-in - I did a mid-week weigh-in as I often do - and find that 5 pounds have disappeared!!! Great!! But can anyone explain ? More to the point can I trust it?
I DO hope so – I have an invite from one of my foreign students for his wedding in Istanbul – and before that in his Turkish village – in July when it will be very hot and I need cool and probably 'difficult-to-wear clothes'. I had made it a goal for a decent loss – not got far with that lately! Still – there are 4 weeks yet and I need to latch on and FOCUS consistently.
Any emoticon anyone feels like giving me would be most welcome.

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/19/2011 4:55AM

    I am not that good in good advice or buttkicks but I do think thatyou can do fine in the remaining weeiks and I hope you do because you are such a nice person! That I feel friendly towards and therefore wish all the good in the world! emoticon

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MARTY728 6/1/2011 10:05AM

    Congratulations on toning up! You do not need any kicks, I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!

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APPLEADAY2010 6/1/2011 9:24AM

    Yay congratulations!!! The sacles are showing what you knew to be true from your measurments and energy levels! I am really proud of you - 5 pounds is a great success and so is doing a full month of boot camp - your a true spark hero! My hol is in six weeks so we will try and motivate each other - we can do it! What are your plans for June? Are you doing another boot camp or have you joined another group? xx emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/1/2011 9:22AM

    Sometimes when I'm working hard on workouts and have a day of rest its on the rest day a weight fall registers.
Have no idea why...hey don't complain hun emoticon
If you keep on track it should stay off.

What a great treat you have in store for July and what better motive than a wedding to make you focus.

Consider your butt kicked emoticon come on Sonia emoticon emoticon

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Weekend Kite Festival

Monday, May 30, 2011

I took my grandchildren and a friend to a kite festival over this long weekend - it was very windy and the kites all flew really well. My favourites were the 'ghost kites' which I'd never seen before - really spooky flying silently through the sky.

The little one didn't know whether to laugh or run away - the sort of fun/fear that little children love.

We bigger ones of various ages all had such a good time seeing him with his first experience of kite flying and enjoying it in our own right.

A good day with lots of running around and fun. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/30/2011 5:55PM

    I have never seen "ghost kites." Your pictures are emoticon!!! What a way to have a great day. So glad you took the grandchildren and went. The expression on your wee ones face tells a complete story!!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/30/2011 3:15PM

    WOW those kites are so unusual Sonia! I love them!

Looks like you and the wee ones had a great time. emoticon

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End of Bootcamp

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The first week of Bootcamp really motivated and energised me and that in turn has made me much more active than I had been for some time - HOORAH!

I had been dithering around about finishing off my bathroom in my little house in the country and magically the energy has come from increasing my more formal exercise and I have finished grouting the wall and floor tiles I stuck on ages and ages ago, painted the remaining parts of the walls and the ceiling, 'prettied it up' with a few bits and pieces and it's looking great. so a double bonus from the Bootcamp that I committed to only because it was time I amped up my activity levels.

My intention now is to continue doing the Kickboxing cardio routine every day and either the prescribed strength videos - or move on to others when I get bored with the same old routine - as I inevitably will.

I fear I'll slip here and there as I always do but the great thing about Spark is that there is something that makes me stick at it - there will be a new challenge that I'll take up sooner or later - good friends will spur me on - something will catch my attention and inspire me to stay here and eventually the job will be done.

So thank you Sparkpeople - and Coach Nicole for the great videos - and my friends here who keep me going - you know who you are.

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MARTY728 5/28/2011 10:56PM


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LVMAMAW 5/28/2011 11:23AM

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Congrats on finishing the Boot Camp!! It is a heck of a commitment and you did it!! emoticon

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FUZZYMOTO 5/28/2011 7:26AM

    emoticon finishing the boot camp. Those are really tough. emoticon

Glad you found your energy again. I too find it amazing how when you push, do all this cardio and weight training that I am filled will the energy to go during the workday. Any way, glad your getting what you need to get done done. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/28/2011 2:53AM

    emoticon on completing bootcamp emoticon emoticon

It never ceases to amaze me how changing up my exercise routine keeps me motivated, glad you find that too.

You sound inspired to continue emoticon keep it up hun emoticon

I love this community too, guess that's why I'm here 4 years on! emoticon

Enjoy your weekend emoticon

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Bootcamp miracle

Saturday, May 07, 2011

emoticon I’ve happily got to the end of Week 1 of the Spring into Shape Bootcamp – well I say ‘happily’ some of it was tough but the happy bit is that I've kept at it and it’s re-energized me which I sorely needed. I was beginning to despair of finding that oomph! Did the Kickboxing everyday and the prescribed strength video – hope to double up on some of those next week. Also have been doing at least 30 minutes walking or cycling at a good pace – most days more than that.
I have also been adding more movement into my days – using the stairs – 150 in my case because I live in a mansion block – squats waiting for the kettle to boil – doing short exercises during adverts if watching TV – walking round my home regularly looking for extra things to clean - double bonus there - things are beginning to shine!
Oh – and I’m back to eating carefully and tracking my food every day too.
So the Bootcamp and Coach Nicole have done me a big favour – it’s down to me now to keep it going. I must imprint that on my brain. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 5/9/2011 10:16PM

    "Oh � and I�m back to eating carefully and tracking my food every day too.
So the Bootcamp and Coach Nicole have done me a big favour � it�s down to me now to keep it going. I must imprint that on my brain. "

* emoticon gr8 to hear.

Just don't over-do it or burn yourself out. I'm rooting for you.

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APPLEADAY2010 5/9/2011 5:16AM

    yay well done - really proud of you! Keep it up - you are doing great. I think I might copy your idea of doing exercises during the TV breaks teehee. Gold star to you spark hero! emoticon emoticon

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SENATOR9 5/7/2011 11:35AM

    Well done emoticon

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KERSTIN814 5/7/2011 8:22AM

    Woohoo! Good for you! I need to get into a Boot Camp also. I have been slacking off on the exercise, though I do get a good amount of walking in every day just walking to and from the train.

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NEW-CAZ 5/7/2011 6:37AM

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Keep going Sonia emoticon

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    Terrific. Well done. Is it too late to join it? I didn't want to take anything extra on last week. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Learning lessons

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The long weekend here in the UK (thanks to the Royal Wedding ) brought a Festival for Foodies to Brighton sea front. Everyone had a great time in the sunshine sampling good organic food – watching cookery demos and – in my case – spending time drinking on the top of an open double decker London bus ‘The Bus Bar’. GREAT! But a habit of mine that just has to stop. All those empty calories make me eat more food than I otherwise would.
All this coincided with the ‘Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge’. Great workouts from Coach Nicole and other hints, tips and encouragement. Better by far, in some ways at least, than Pimms on top of a bus! I always join these bootcamps because I learn new ways to exercise and am motivated to complete the workouts every day and to walk or cycle a lot. So that is going well and after far too long in the doldrums here on Spark I am inspired by Spark itself and by my various wonderful friends here to ‘get to it.’
On top of that two blogs caught my eye yesterday that have completed the job of getting me back on track. One friend talked about how discipline and structured routines are a part of the blend needed to help balance our lives and create happiness. I know this is true and the reminder has gone to my heart.

Another friend spoke of not being in too much of a hurry on this journey of ours and of the need to avoid shortcuts – however tempting - and I am VERY tempted by shortcuts. We all need our good results to establish themselves firmly as habits that will last after all the effort we put in. I paraphrase but her reminder to ignore the numbers on the scale and design a lifestyle that will lead to long lasting happiness and health was timely.
There are many wonderful and inspiring blogs here on Spark everyday but these two just ‘fell right’ for me this week. I thank these two friends (you know who you are) and everyone else who encourages me in so many ways to keep going until I get there. That’s what Spark is all about and I truly hope that I occasionally can help others to stick with it in the same way.

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APPLEADAY2010 5/5/2011 4:45AM

    Yay you sound really positive and a true spark hero. You are doing really well and I am learning from your motivation. I think I may look at that botcamp page! xx emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/5/2011 2:33AM

    oooo - those shortcuts! I have such a hard time to let go of those dreams. I want results now! Preferably yesterday!

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NPDSLEUTH 5/4/2011 11:03PM

    Hi Sonia,

I love this blog. What a great reminder the shortcuts part is, too. I have had people tell me they didn't want to do SP because it takes so long. As we all know, the "shortcuts" of other diets don't work.

So glad you're well. It's amazing how much we all learn on this, isn't it?

Thanks for sharing this. Love, Nikki


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NEW-CAZ 5/4/2011 2:15PM

    Great blog Sonia and I love seeing you so positive about your journey.
There is never a problem with the occasional venture into treats and Pimms- Lord knows we all need some fun and games at times and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.
A healthy lifestyle does not have to exclude these; merely keep them in perspective.
Good luck with the bootcamp hun

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KERSTIN814 5/4/2011 8:47AM

    Thanks for your timely reminder. I have been avoiding the healthclub because that is where I weigh in. I am afraid what the bleeping scale will say and that it will push meoff my path. I need to focus on the healthy life style rather than the hateful scale. I have no problem with the food, but I like my wine a little too much. Sounds like you had a riot though. Life is life. Sometimes we just have to kick up our heels. I could be drinking wine and eating fast food all the time, so I am better in that respect.

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DOWNTOWNJEN 5/4/2011 8:29AM

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Hey - I would have LOVED to have been on top of that bus!!! Sometimes you just have to live for the moment!

We'll all get there - we will. I think what I never realized is that I thought of this as a "physical" journey not so much of a mental or spiritual one. What I've come to realize is that it is so much more than a "physical" journey.

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