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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

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

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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. "

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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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MARTY728 5/7/2011 10:44AM

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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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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 5/7/2011 6:25AM

    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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One of the more bizarre Royal Wedding souvenirs

Friday, April 29, 2011

Hope the happy couple would find this amusing and not offensive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqiIcFEDv
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(Sorry folk - don't know why this isn't a live link - you'll need to copy and paste)

A friend of mine actually has one of these kits and is spending the day in front of the TV knitting a corgi!!!

(You'll need to follow the link to understand)

Enjoy the day everyone
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THEWINNER33 4/29/2011 10:22AM

    The most bizarre thing I saw in the media coverage was profiles of the new Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge on someone's two front teeth. Hope all keep smiling. Looked for you in the crowd but must have missed you.

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41SUSAN14 4/29/2011 10:17AM

    Can't see it...

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MARTY728 4/29/2011 10:14AM

    Thanks for sending it. emoticon

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 4/29/2011 9:42AM

    Is this the knitted royal family that I have as my profile. It has been advertised in UK to buy. I can't open your link.

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NEW-CAZ 4/29/2011 8:19AM

    couldn't view it Sonia.....was it the corgi advert that's been on recently emoticon

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KMICHA 4/29/2011 6:42AM

    ok . . . now that is just taking it a bit too far!

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Coming out of hiding

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yup - I've been in hiding from everything and everybody.

Family stuff meant I had already put back some of the pounds I lost here on Spark and then I went away working in Spain where I added yet more pounds during a very stressful trip. I thought at one point I'd never be back here on Spark - if I'm sick of seeing myself complain about my weight gains/life etc why should you not all be the same?
However - I couldn't resist a quick sneak about the site and found some comments and messages that lifted my heart. So - I hopped on the scales and found that with only a modicum of discipline (and a distinct lack of wine drinking!) in the 4 days back in the UK I had lost 3 of the pounds gained in Spain. I don't understand how that works but I'm sure glad it did.
My partner has recovered his health and general cheeriness and my younger son and his family are finally regaining their equilibrium after a tragedy with one of their babies so I feel freer to concentrate on myself and on my own life than I have in a very long time.
In short - life is looking up and I just have to repair the damage that I have allowed to happen whilst attending to other things.
The sun is shining today and I feel very hopeful of better things to come.

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MANDERSON19 4/28/2011 8:59AM

    You are such a fighter!! I'm so glad to see you again!

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MARTY728 4/28/2011 8:30AM

    Happy to see you back and I apologize for not posting sooner. I kept forgetting to. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 4/21/2011 9:09AM

    Hope the sunshine is helping you to enjoy life too. Some early morning gardening sounds like a good idea and then there's always the beach, of course.

Happy days
(even without the wine - I have to resist too)

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TRENTDREAMER 4/20/2011 1:00PM

    "In short - life is looking up and I just have to repair the damage that I have allowed to happen whilst attending to other things.
The sun is shining today and I feel very hopeful of better things to come. "

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APPLEADAY2010 4/19/2011 5:26AM

    Glad you came back on here xx SEnding you hugs xx

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DOWNTOWNJEN 4/17/2011 6:59PM

    Glad you're back. I had no idea you were going through these rough times as I've been absentee for a bit myself. There are rhythms to life, it seems. As long as the general movement is ultimately forward, we've come out ahead. I doubt you ever stopped moving forward (or you wouldn't be here now). And way to go for losing those "Spain pounds"! LOL. Dang Spain anyway!

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/17/2011 11:20AM

    Wonderful to have you back among us again - keep on sparking whatever the scale says!

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KERSTIN814 4/17/2011 9:08AM

    I am glad for you, and you lifted my spirits already this morning! I know what you mean about that darn wine. I went way over my limit yesterday, but, today is a new day!

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NEW-CAZ 4/17/2011 4:05AM

    emoticon nice to see you back blogging Sonia.
It's time to get back into gear hun and after our "chat" this morning I know you're more than ready to kick butt emoticon
So pleased all is much improved in your life and that your family are in fine fettle once more. Such a stressful time, but you've all come through it and now you can take care of you!
Have fun with your walking today and soaking up some rays, makes one feel so much better.
Take care hun and keep on Sparking emoticon
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