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Home from Turkey - what an experience!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

As some of my friends here know I have been in Turkey recently – partly for work and partly for the wedding of a Turkish student of mine involving two ceremonies – one in the tiny village where he was born and another in Istanbul. It has been by far the most interesting experience I have had in all my years of travelling around the world. A taste of real Turkish life – and - I don’t have to say - of the food! Turkish food is amazingly healthy and their preference seems to be fresh local organic food transformed into wonderfully tasty but simple dishes of all sorts. I hope to blog about the food with photos of some of it and of the wedding ceremonies in due course.
Annoyingly, I came back feeling pretty unwell, having passed out several times abroad which I attributed to the heat. However, I have spent part of this current week in hospital on enforced bedrest to lower astronomically high blood pressure. I now have to undergo a battery of tests to find out whether there is an underlying cause.
Having signed up for the 5% Challenge I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to participate as I felt rather feeble and had been warned that I shouldn’t exert myself in any way until the blood pressure was well and truly lowered. However, I woke up yesterday feeling completely myself and popped to the Nurse at my Doctor’s practice to check if it would be OK to start the challenge today. To my delight my blood pressure is now lower than it’s been for years – all a big mystery medically – but I am passed fit for the challenge, although warned to ‘start slow’. So all’s well that ends well. Hoorah!!

Sunset over the Marmara Sea from the tiny island of Avsha.

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    Such a beautiful photo.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/3/2011 12:27AM

    I will follow your writings about turkish food with interest and it was also interesting to read about your blood pressure.... mine has been "perfect" all my life but with aging I have to keep an eye on it because it is slowly raising - exercise has become more necessary!

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MOSTMOM1 7/19/2011 8:25AM

    So glad you're doing better. Have fun with the challenge, but take care of yourself. Go A Team!

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MARTY728 7/17/2011 8:38PM

    Glad you enjoyed Turkey and happy you are back. Sorry about your health. I hope you are well soon!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/17/2011 6:28PM

    glad 2 hear that u had a good time and that the blood pressure is doing well.


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    Glad to see you enjoyed the trip but sorry to see you were so unwell. Do take care of yourself and only do what you can on the challenge. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/16/2011 10:47AM

    Sonia I await more details of your exploits and look forward to your foodie blogs.
What a shame your holiday was marred by fainting, I am just glad you didn't ignore it on your return to the UK and took care of yourself; how weird that it's come back down so quickly- but I for one am glad it did!!!!!!!

Good luck with the challenge babes, take it slow.

Love the sunset emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 7/16/2011 9:50AM

    What an experience! I envy your trip. Happy to know you are able to continue with the 5% Challenge. I nearly gave up because of an allergy but am okay now.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures of Turkey, etc.

Happy journeying!

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    Your trip sounds intriguing. I'm looking forward to your food/photo blog.

I'm glad you're ok to start the challenge. It's so odd that your blood pressure was messing around like that. Did the doc think there was any possibility of some sort of allergy to something you were exposed to on your trip?

That's a beautiful sunset picture!

Go A Team!

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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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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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